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quicksilver

[kwik-sil-ver]
noun
1.
the metallic element mercury.
verb (used with object)
2.
to amalgamate (metal) with mercury.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English qwyksilver, Old English cwicseolfor (translation Latin argentum vīvum) literally, living silver

quicksilvery, adjective
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quicksilver (ˈkwɪkˌsɪlvə)
 
n
1.  another name for mercury
 
adj
2.  rapid or unpredictable in movement or change: a quicksilver temper
 
[Old English, from cwicu alive (see quick) + seolfer silver]

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quicksilver
O.E. cwicseolfor, translating L. argentum vivum (cf. It. argento vivo), lit. "living silver;" so called from its liquid mobility. See quick + silver.
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