see the periodic table of elements in the Reference Supplement
a silver-colored chemical element, one of the rare-earth elements, used in the coloring
of glass and in lasers
: symbol, Nd; at. no., 60
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Word origin of 'neodymium'
ModL < neodymia
, a rare earth (< Gr neos
+ ModL (di)dymium
: see didymium
) + -ium
: so named (1885) by C. A. von Welsbach (see Welsbach burner
), from being split from didymium