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 for nonmetal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nonmetal \Non"met`al\, n. (Chem.)
     Any one of the set of elements which, as contrasted with the
     metals, possess, produce, or receive, acid rather than basic
     properties; a metalloid; as, oxygen, sulphur, and chlorine
     are nonmetals.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  nonmetal
      adj 1: not containing or resembling or characteristic of a
             metal; "nonmetallic elements" [syn: nonmetallic,
             nonmetal] [ant: metal(a), metallic]
      n 1: a chemical element lacking typical metallic properties

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