Definition of terbium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtərbēəm/


The chemical element of atomic number 65, a silvery-white metal of the lanthanide series. The main use of terbium is in making semiconductors. (Symbol: Tb)
Example sentences
  • Green light is also emitted from some lanthanide elements: lanthanum, cerium, and terbium.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Ytterby, the name of a village in Sweden where it was discovered. Compare with erbium and ytterbium.

Words that rhyme with terbium

erbium, ytterbium

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Syllabification: ter·bi·um

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