Meaning of OXYGEN in English


■ noun the chemical element of atomic number 8, a colourless, odourless reactive gas that forms about 20 per cent of the earth's atmosphere and is essential to plant and animal life. (Symbol: O )


~ic adjective

~ous adjective


C18: from Fr. (principe) oxygène 'acidifying constituent' (because at first it was held to be the essential component of acids).

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