wolfram

[wool-fruhm, vawl-]
noun
1.
Chemistry, tungsten.
2.
Mineralogy, wolframite.

Origin:
1750–60; < German Wolfram orig., wolframite, probably equivalent to Wolf wolf + -ram, representing Middle High German rām soot, dirt; formed on the model of personal names with initial Wolf-, as a contemptuous epithet for the mineral, which was considered worthless in comparison with tin ores, with which it is often found

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wolfram (ˈwʊlfrəm)
 
n
another name for tungsten
 
[C18: from German, originally perhaps from the proper name, Wolfram, used pejoratively of tungsten because it was thought inferior to tin]

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wolfram
1757, from Ger. Wolfram, wolform "iron tungstate" (1562), of obscure etymology. It looks like "wolf-cream" (from rahm "cream"), but the second element might be M.H.G. ram (Ger. Rahm) "dirty mark, soot;" if so, perhaps "so called in sign of contempt because it was regarded of lesser value than tin and
caused a considerable loss of tin during the smelting process in the furnace" [Klein]. Or perhaps the word is originally a personal name, "wolf-raven."
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wolfram wolf·ram (wul'frəm)
n.
See tungsten.

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wolfram   (wl'frəm)  Pronunciation Key 
See tungsten.
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