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What substance's name derives from a Greek word meaning "belonging to Ammon"?




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Answer: ammonia

The word ammonia was coined by Swedish chemist Torbern Bergman because he had gotten the gas from sal ammoniac - salt that contains ammonium chloride.

These particular salt deposits were found near the temple of Jupiter Ammon in Libya, thus the name ultimately derives from the Greek ammoniakon , belonging to Ammon.

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That is curious since many temples in India are named after different "Amman"s- 'Amman' meaning 'mother/goddess mother' in Tamil.
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