• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Glucinum (Chem) A rare metallic element, of a silver white color, and low specific gravity (2.1), resembling magnesium. It never occurs naturally in the free state, but is always combined, usually with silica or alumina, or both; as in the minerals phenacite, chrysoberyl, beryl or emerald, euclase, and danalite. It was named from its oxide glucina, which was known long before the element was isolated. Symbol Gl. Atomic weight 9.1. Called also beryllium.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glucinum Chemical symbol, Be or Gl; atomic weight, 9.1. A white metal, of specific gravity 2.1. It belongs to the group of the alkaline earths, and is prepared from beryl (whence it is also called beryllium). Native compounds are rare. Besides the common mineral beryl, it occurs in the oxid chrysoberyl, in the silicates euclase, phenacite, and beryrandite, and a few others, also in the phosphates herderite and berrllonite; the last-named is a phosphate of beryllium and sodium. Many of the salts of this metal have a sweet taste.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Glucinum glōō-sī′num a white metal prepared from beryl—its oxide, Glucī′na, white, tasteless, insoluble in water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. glucinium, glycium, fr. Gr. , sweet. Cf. Glycerin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. glykys, sweet.


In literature:

Yttrium and Glucinum discovered by Wohler.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn