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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 lan·tha·num /-nəm/
 鑭

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 lan·tha·num /-nəm/ 名詞
 鑭

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lan·tha·num n.  Chem. A rare element of the rare earth group of the metals, of atomic number 57, allied to aluminum.  It occurs in certain rare minerals, as cerite, gadolinite, orthite, etc., and was so named from the difficulty of separating it from cerium, didymium, and other rare earth elements with which it is usually associated. Atomic weight 138.9. Symbol La. [Formerly written also lanthanium.]
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 lanthanum
      n : a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs
          in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a
          rare earth [syn: La, atomic number 57]

From: Elements database 20001107

 lanthanum
 Symbol: La
 Atomic number: 57
 Atomic weight: 138.9055
 (From the Greek word lanthanein, to line hidden) Silvery metallic element
 belonging to group 3 of the periodic table and oft considered to be one of
 the lanthanoids. Found in some rare-earth minerals. Twenty-five natural
 isotopes exist. La-139 which is stable, and La-138 which has a half-life
 of 10^10 to 10^15 years. The other twenty-three isotopes are radioactive.
 It resembles the lanthanoids chemically. Lanthanum has a low to moderate
 level of toxicity, and should be handled with care. Discovered in 1839 by
 C.G. Mosander.