Definition of chlorine in English:

chlorine

Line breaks: chlor|ine
Pronunciation: /ˈklɔːriːn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • The chemical element of atomic number 17, a toxic, irritant, pale green gas. (Symbol: Cl)
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    • The blue was fading to a dull chlorine green, the fuchsia sprouting roots of over an inch.
    • The green chlorine gas rolled over the Allied frontline and it created panic.
    • Once chlorine has combined with other chemicals it is not effective as a disinfectant.

A member of the halogen group, chlorine occurs in nature mainly as sodium chloride in seawater and salt deposits. The gas was used as a poison gas in the First World War. Chlorine is added to water supplies as a disinfectant

Origin

early 19th century: named by Sir Humphrey Davy, from Greek khlōros 'green' + -ine4.

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