chromium
chromium metallic element, 1807, with metallic elemental suffix -ium + Fr. chrome, the name proposed for the new element by Fourcroy and Haüy, from Gk. chroma "color" (see CHROME (Cf. chrome)). So called for its colorful compounds. Related: Chromite.

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