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carbon

noun uk   /ˈkɑː.bən/ us    /ˈkɑːr-/

carbon noun (SUBSTANCE)

B2 ( symbol C) [U] a chemical element that exists in its pure form as diamond or graphite , and is an important part of other substances such as coal and oil, as well as being contained in all plants and animals
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Translations of “carbon”
in Korean 탄소…
in Arabic كَربون…
in French carbone…
in Turkish karbon…
in Italian carbonio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 物質, 碳…
in Russian углерод…
in Polish węgiel…
in Spanish carbono…
in Portuguese carbono…
in German der Kohlenstoff…
in Catalan carbó…
in Japanese 炭素…
in Chinese (Simplified) 物质, 碳…
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