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Noun: zirconium  ,zur'kow-nee-um
  1. A lustrous grey strong metallic element resembling titanium; it is used in nuclear reactors as a neutron absorber; it occurs in baddeleyite but is obtained chiefly from zircon
    - Zr, atomic number 40

Derived forms: zirconiums

Type of: metal, metallic element

Part of: baddeleyite, zircon, zirconium silicate

Encyclopedia: Zirconium