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common North American maple tree; five-lobed leaves are light green above and silvery white beneath; source of hard close-grained but brittle light-brown wood Acer saccharinum , silver maple
hard brittle multivalent metallic element; resistant to corrosion and tarnishing atomic number 24 , chromium , Cr
hard brittle grey polyvalent metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic; used in making steel; occurs in many minerals atomic number 25 , manganese , Mn
bluish-white lustrous metallic element; brittle at ordinary temperatures but malleable when heated; used in a wide variety of alloys and in galvanizing iron; it occurs as zinc sulphide in zinc blende atomic number 30 , zinc , Zn
rare silvery (usually trivalent) metallic element; brittle at low temperatures but liquid above room temperature; occurs in trace amounts in bauxite and zinc ores atomic number 31 , Ga , gallium
brittle grey crystalline element that is a semiconducting metalloid (resembling silicon) used in transistors; occurs in germanite and argyrodite atomic number 32 , Ge , germanium
light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element atomic number 4 , Be , beryllium , glucinium
brittle silver-white metalloid element that is related to selenium and sulfur; it is used in alloys and as a semiconductor; occurs mainly as tellurides in ores of copper and nickel and silver and gold atomic number 52 , Te , tellurium
hard brittle blue-grey or blue-black metallic element that is one of the platinum metals; the heaviest metal known atomic number 76 , Os , osmium
heavy brittle metallic element of the platinum group; used in alloys; occurs in natural alloys with platinum or osmium atomic number 77 , Ir , iridium
heavy brittle diamagnetic trivalent metallic element (resembles arsenic and antimony chemically); usually recovered as a by-product from ores of other metals atomic number 83 , Bi , bismuth
brittle transparent candy made by melting and cooling cane sugar barley-sugar , barley candy
cassava with long tuberous edible roots and soft brittle stems; used especially to make cassiri (an intoxicating drink) and tapioca bitter cassava , gari , mandioc , mandioca , Manihot esculenta , Manihot utilissima , manioc , tapioca plant
delicate fern widely distributed in North America and European having thin pinnatifid fronds with brittle stems brittle bladder fern , brittle fern , Cystopteris fragilis , fragile fern
fragrant rounded shrub of southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico having brittle stems and small crowded blue-green leaves and yellow flowers; produces a resin used in incense and varnish and in folk medicine brittlebush , brittle bush , Encelia farinosa , incienso
hard brittle candy made with butter and brown sugar butterscotch
Brazilian fan palm having an edible root; source of a useful leaf fiber and a brittle yellowish wax carnauba , carnauba palm , Copernicia cerifera , Copernicia prunifera , wax palm
alloy of iron containing so much carbon that it is brittle and so cannot be wrought but must be shaped by casting cast iron
iron carbide constituent of steel and cast iron; very hard and brittle cementite , iron carbide
artifact made of hard brittle material produced from nonmetallic minerals by firing at high temperatures ceramic
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