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addaword.gifdefinition of phlogiston

noun
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 22:21:00
Definition of phlogiston from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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