cobalt

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun a metallic element. It is used to make alloys.

Electronics

Food

  • A trace element necessary for health which is a constituent of vitamin B12 (cobalamin). Found in meat, eggs, dairy products and yeast extract.

Accounting

  • prefix working or acting together

Information & Library Science

  • abbreviation in Internet addresses, the top-level domain for Colombia

Military

  • noun an officer commanding a battalion or equivalent-sized grouping

Origin & History of “cobalt”

German kobold means ‘goblin’: and in former times it was believed by German silver miners that impurities in the ore they were extracting, which lessened the value of the silver and even made them ill, were put there by these mischievous creatures. In fact these impurities were a silver-white metallic element, which was named kobalt after a middle high German variant of kobold (the miners’ sickness was probably caused by the arsenic with which it occurred).
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