zirconium
1. [ noun ] (chemistry,geology) a lustrous gray strong metallic element resembling titanium; it is used in nuclear reactors as a neutron absorber; it occurs in baddeleyite but is obtained chiefly from zircon
Synonyms: atomic_number_40 Zr
Related terms: metallic_element baddeleyite zircon baddeleyite
Similar spelling:   zircon
  zirconia