Which element is named after the Greek word for green?
Chlorine appears as a greenish yellow gas with a pungent suffocating odor. The element was named by English chemist Humphry Davy, who named it after the Greek word chloros, meaning green. Chlorine is widely used in making many everyday products including insecticides, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, textiles, and plastics. It is also used to sterilize drinking water and is used to disinfect swimming pools. The most common compound of chlorine is sodium chloride (NaCl), which is commonly known as table salt.
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