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rare earth

noun, Chemistry.
the oxide of any of the rare-earth elements contained in various minerals.
Origin of rare earth
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In such cases, Investigations had stepped in and the Martian or Earthling troublemaker had been sent to the rare-earth mines.

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  • It was an ingenious application of the peculiar properties of rare-earth oxides.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
British Dictionary definitions for rare-earth

rare earth

any oxide of a lanthanide
Also called rare-earth element another name for lanthanide
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rare-earth in Medicine

rare earth n.
See lanthanide.

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