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calomel


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aquila  \Aq"ui*la\,  n.;  pl  {Aquil[ae]}.  [L.,  an  eagle.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  genus  of  eagles. 
 
  2.  (Astron.)  A  northern  constellation  southerly  from  Lyra  and 
  Cygnus  and  preceding  the  Dolphin;  the  Eagle. 
 
  {Aquila  alba}  [L.,  white  eagle],  an  alchemical  name  of 
  {calomel}.  --Brande  &  C. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calomel  \Cal"o*mel\,  n.  [Gr.  ?????  beautiful  +  ?????  black.  So 
  called  from  its  being  white,  though  made  from  a  black  mixture 
  of  mercury  and  corrosive  sublimate.  Cf  F.  calom['e]las.] 
  (Chem.) 
  Mild  chloride  of  mercury,  {Hg2Cl2},  a  heavy,  white  or 
  yellowish  white  substance,  insoluble  and  tasteless,  much  used 
  in  medicine  as  a  mercurial  and  purgative;  mercurous  chloride. 
  It  occurs  native  as  the  mineral  horn  quicksilver. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  calomel 
  n  :  a  tasteless  colorless  powder  used  medicinally  as  a  cathartic 
  [syn:  {mercurous  chloride}] 




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