In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Mercury has long been known also by the name quicksilver, because it is a silver liquid.
- By increasing the amount of mercury allowed in coal-fired power plant emissions, he will ensure that every fish in every Great Lake contains unsafe levels of quicksilver.
- Kepler noted with satisfaction that it would be appropriate to correlate the sun with gold, the density of which is greater than that of quicksilver.
- California exported nearly all its silver to Asian markets, as well as much of its quicksilver [mercury], which was a key new element in improving the extraction of precious metals from ore.
- It is the secret, the mystery of quicksilver, that a metal of such enormous density can yet remain liquid.
- Quacks or quack salvers are named from quicksilver ointment peddlers who treated syphilis in the 16th century.
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