Nouns denoting substances

phosgene
a colorless poisonous gas that smells like new-mown hay; used in chemical warfare
 
Senegal gum
gum arabic from the vicinity of the Senegal river
 
beryllium bronze
a copper-base alloy containing beryllium
 
wrapping paper
a tough paper used for wrapping
 
silex
a pure form of finely ground silica
 
glycerinated gelatin
a gelatinous preparation made from gelatin and glycerin and water; used as a base for ointments and suppositories
 
trimer
a polymer (or a molecule of a polymer) consisting of three identical monomers
 
mortar
used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall
 
Duralumin
an aluminum-based alloy
 
chernozemic soil
a rich black loam of Russia
 
butyl
a hydrocarbon radical (C4H9)
 
cupronickel
a 60/40 alloy of copper and nickel
 
optical glass
clear homogeneous glass of known refractive index; used to make lenses
 
snow
a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground
 
surgical spirit
methylated spirit used in the practice of medicine (especially for cleansing the skin before injections or before surgery)
 
carnelian
a translucent red or orange variety of chalcedony
 
PSA
a protein manufactured exclusively by the prostate gland; PSA is produced for the ejaculate where it liquifies the semen and allows sperm cells to swim freely; elevated levels of PSA in blood serum are associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer
 
dyewood
any wood from which dye is obtained
 
steel wool
a mass of woven steel fibers used as an abrasive
 
cast iron
an alloy of iron containing so much carbon that it is brittle and so cannot be wrought but must be shaped by casting
 
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