Etymology of chemical elements

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Can you name the chemical elements given the origins of their names?

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Origin of nameElementFurther etymology
Greek for 'idle, inactive'
Latin name for Copenhagen
Old Norse name for the goddess Freyja
Latin for 'rainbow'
Greek for 'light-bringer'
Greek for 'stink, stench'
Latin for 'red'
Greek for 'sun'
Greek for 'new'
Greek for 'violet'
German for 'demon'
Greek for 'to lurk, escape notice'
Greek words for 'sharp, acid' and 'producing'
Greek for 'heavy'
Latin for 'charcoal, coal'
Origin of nameElementFurther etymology
Old Norse: Norse god of thunder
Greek for 'light green'
Greek words for 'water' and 'producing'
Latin for 'limestone'
Swedish for 'heavy stone'
Greek for 'unstable'
Greek for 'foreign, strange'
Latin for 'cock'
Greek for 'colour'
Latin name for Poland
Greek for 'hidden, secret'
German: mythological goblin of the mines
Spanish for 'silver'
Latin for 'flow'
Latin: seventh planet from the Sun

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