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Noun: phosphorus  fós-fu-rus
  1. A multivalent nonmetallic element of the nitrogen family that occurs commonly in inorganic phosphate rocks and as organic phosphates in all living cells; is highly reactive and occurs in several allotropic forms
    - P, atomic number 15
Noun: Phosphorus  fós-fu-rus
  1. A planet (usually Venus) seen just before sunrise in the eastern sky
    - morning star, daystar, Lucifer

Sounds like: phlox, fphorus, phosp

Derived forms: phosphoruses

Type of: chemical element, element, major planet, planet

Part of: apatite

Encyclopedia: Phosphorus