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Why is Fe the symbol for Iron?
Tell me why is Fe the chemical Symbol for Iron.
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vultan answers:

ferrum is latin for iron.


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P-Kasso answers:

Ferrite (ferrite rods etc). Ferrous (ie ferrous scrap metal). Words like that.

All come from the Latin as Vultan rightly points out.

All the old mineral codes derive from the Latin, which is why Lead for example is called Pb instead of L - because Plumbum = in Latin.

Doesn't make a lot of sense but we are stuck with it.


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