Definition of erbium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈərbēəm/


The chemical element of atomic number 68, a soft silvery-white metal of the lanthanide series. (Symbol: Er)
Example sentences
  • The village is Ytterby and the elements are yttrium, erbium, terbium and ytterbium.
  • Is there enough chromium, cobalt, helium, and manganese - not to mention erbium, europium, and gadolinium - on the planet to last indefinitely?
  • The devices typically consist of a single-mode fiber core doped with erbium, ytterbium, or a combination thereof; other dopants such as thulium can be used, but the development effort is less advanced.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from (Ytt)erb(y), in Sweden, where it was first found. Compare with ytterbium.

Words that rhyme with erbium

terbium, ytterbium

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Syllabification: er·bi·um

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