Categories: "Science" or "Biology" or "Chemistry"

Слизь

June 3rd, 2011 — posted by Don
I think my favorite Russian word is слизь, which means mucous. Almost all American students will laugh out loud the first time they hear it, which will doubtless mystify Russian readers, so I should explain that English has a word ‘sleaze’ which means… more »

Медь

June 3rd, 2010 — posted by Don
The Russian word for copper is медь. Just as in English it is mostly used in the singular. It is a feminine third-declension noun: Sg Nomмедь Acc Genмеди Pre Dat Insмедью Some sample sentences: В США медь добывают больше всего в Аризоне. In… more »

Ртуть

May 6th, 2010 — posted by Don
The Russian word for mercury, the element, is ртуть, which is a feminine third-declension noun. The word mostly occurs in the singular: Image from Wikipedia Sg Nomртуть Acc Genртути Pre Dat Insртутью The place most of us used to encounter… more »

Водород

March 29th, 2010 — posted by Don
Водород is the Russian word for hydrogen. The English word is made up of Greek roots where ὑδρο- (hydro-) means ‘water’ and γεν- (gen-) means ‘‘bring forth/become,” thus hydrogen means “the substance that forms water.” Notice that the Russian word is… more »