Try Our Apps


Pore Over vs. Pour Over

rare-earth element

[rair-urth] /ˈrɛərˈɜrθ/
noun, Chemistry
any of a group of closely related metallic elements, comprising the lanthanides, scandium, and yttrium, that are chemically similar by virtue of having the same number of valence electrons.
Also called rare-earth metal.
Origin of rare-earth element
1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
rare-earth metal in Medicine

rare-earth element n.
See lanthanide.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
rare-earth metal in Science
rare-earth element
See lanthanide.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rare-earth element

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rare

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for rare-earth metal