yellow-cake

yellowcake

[yel-oh-keyk]
noun
a processed oxide of uranium, U 3 O 8 , extracted and concentrated from uranium ore: used as the raw material for commercial nuclear materials, especially fuel elements in nuclear reactors.
Also, yellow cake.


Origin:
1945–50; yellow + cake

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