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A supposed chemical element extracted from wasite, later identified as thorium.
Origin: after a former royal family of Sweden.
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a rare element supposed by Bahr to have been extracted from wasite, but now identified with thorium
Origin: [NL. So called from Wasa, or Vasa, the name of a former royal family of Sweden.]
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Wasium was the suggested name of chemical element found J. F. Bahr. The name derived from the House of Vasa the Royal House of Sweden
In 1862 Bahr analysed the mineral Orthite—Allanite-—from the Norwegian island Rönsholm and found an oxide which he concluded contained a new element. In the following years several articles were published making clear that the wasium oxide was a mixture of several other elements.
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