One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A salt in which the anion contains both tungsten and oxygen, especially one of the anion WO₄²⁻
- ‘Anions including tungstate or sulfate cannot effectively replace molybdenum binding.’
- ‘Treatment with tungstate did not affect nitrate uptake in all the conditions tested.’
Early 19th century: from tungsten + -ate.
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