phlogiston - definition and synonyms

  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a theoretical element believed in the past to be released during combustion

    Developed by the German scientist Georg Ernst Stahl early in the 18th century, phlogiston was a dominant chemical concept of the time because it seemed to explain so much in a simple fashion.

    Submitted by Georgina Pinder from Spain on 24/07/2014