Element Name Etymology

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Can you name the etymology of the names of the chemical elements?

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31st State to join the Union
 
Greek for 'rose' (the flower)
 
Latin for 'France'
 
A continent
 
Anglo-Saxon word 'iren'
 
Anglo-Saxon word meaning 'tin'
 
Arabic 'buraq', Persian 'burah'
 
Barys; Greek for 'heavy'
 
Berkeley, California
 
Beryl; a Greek mineral
 
Greek for 'acid forming'
 
Greek for 'a smell/odour'
 
Glenn Seaborg; discoverer
 
German word 'zink'
 
German for 'white mass'
 
Greek for 'stench'
 
First sons of Earth (Gk Myth.)
 
Ernest O. Lawrence; discoverer
 
Greek for 'color'
 
Greek for 'inactive'
 
Enrico Fermi; discoverer
 
Greek for 'stranger/foreign'
 
English word 'Soda'
 
Thule, older name for Scandinavia
 
Latin for 'magnet'
 
Discoverer's 'Fatherland'
 
Discoverer's country; borders Andorra
 
Greek for 'the moon'
 
Latin for 'ray'
 
Greek for 'beam/ray'
 
Greek for 'artificial'
 
Daughter of Tantalum (Gk. myth.)
 
Darmstadt, Germany
 
Greek god of the sun
 
Creator of the 'Theory of Relativity'
 
Creator of the first periodic table
 
Ceres; asteroid after roman godess-plants
 
Cadmus; a prince in Gk. myth
 
Greek for 'new twin'
 
Greek for 'difficult to reach'
 
Greek for 'first'
 
Zargun; Persian for 'gold-like'
 
yttERBy, SwedenLatin name for Paris
 
Greek for 'greenish yellow'
 
Greek for 'green twin'
 
Greek for 'first', and Actinium
 
ytTERBy, Sweden
 
The bright indigo line in its spectrum
 
The 'dwarf planet' in our solar system
 
The 'father of nuclear physics'
 
Greek for 'not alone'
 
The inventor of Dynamite
 
The mineral 'gadolinite'
 
The mineral 'samarskite'
 
Latin for 'Stockholm', Sweden
 
Latin for the German state 'Hessen'
 
Latin for 'lime'
 
Strontian, Scotland
 
Swedish for 'heavy stone'
 
Teutonic for 'yellow'
 
Thallos; Greek for 'green twig'
 
The 7th planet
 
The 8th planet
 
The 'New World'
 
Wilhelm Conrad RÃķentgen; discoverer
 
Greek for 'new'
 
Ytterby, Sweden
 
YTTeRby, Sweden
 
Greek for 'saltpetre forming'
 
Latin for 'The River Rhine'
 
Latin name for Paris
 
Latin word 'Cuprum'
 
Poland
 
Potash
 
Radium; found observing decay chain
 
Greek for 'unstable'
 
Sanskrit 'sulvere'
 
Scandinavia
 
Scandinavian god of war
 
Scandinavian goddess
 
Silex; Latin for 'flint'
 
'Siolfur' (Anglo-Saxon name)
 
Spainsh for 'little silver'
 
Latin/French for 'flow'
 
Lise Meitner; discoverer
 
Lithos; Greek for 'stone'
 
Magnesia; dist. in Thessaly, Greece
 
Molybdos; Greek for 'lead'
 
Msngr. of the gods; (Roman myth.)
 
Mythological bestower of fire to man
 
Niels Bohr; discoverer
 
Old name for Copenhagen
 
'Old Nick' in German
 
Latin for 1-1-8
 
Latin for 1-1-5
 
Latin for 1-1-4
 
Latin for 1-1-7
 
Latin for 1-1-6
 
Latin for 1-1-3
 
Latin for 1-1-2
 
Pierre and Marie Curie; discoverers
 
Latin for 'sky blue'
 
Greek for 'water forming'
 
Greek for 'yellow orpiment'
 
Greek goddess of the rainbow
 
Inst. of Nuc. Rsrch. @ Dubna, Russia
 
Greek for 'violet'
 
King of primordial world; Gk. myth.
 
Kobald; German for 'goblin'
 
Lanthaneia; Greek for 'to lie hidden'
 
Latin for 'alum'
 
Latin for 'charcoal'
 
Pallas; Asteroid named 4 Gk goddess wisdom
 
Latin for 'deepest red'
 
Greek for 'light bearing'
 
Latin for 'earth'
 
Latin for 'Russia'
 
Greek for 'hidden'
 

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