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nebulium

[nuh-byoo-lee-uh m] /nəˈbyu li əm/
noun, Astronomy
1.
a hypothetical element once thought to be present in emission nebulae because of certain unidentified spectral lines, now known to be forbidden transitions of oxygen and nitrogen ions.
Origin of nebulium
1895-1900
1895-1900; nebul(a) + -ium
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  • The whole thing aglow with the green light of nebulium and blazing with the stars behind it.

    Out Around Rigel Robert H. Wilson

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