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