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(Science: chemistry) The metal mercury; so called from its resemblance to liquid silver. Quicksilver horizon, a mercurial artificial horizon. See Horizon. Quicksilver water, a solution of mercury nitrate used in artificial silvering; quick water.

Origin: Quick living _ silver; so called from its fluidity; cf. G. Quecksilber, L. Argentum vivum. See Quick.