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Which element was named after the Devil, from the German for "Devil's copper?"

Question #41897. Asked by simplesummer.

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Nickel which came from German kupfernickel which translates as'Devil's copper' or 'St. Nicholas' Copper'

Dec 03 2003, 3:21 AM
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But- the Question should be why?

Dec 03 2003, 3:24 AM
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The metal had first come to the attention of German miners in the Middle Ages who cursed it as the Devil's metal because it interfered with the smelting of copper.

Dec 03 2003, 3:33 AM
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