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- (chemistry) a chemical element (symbol P) with an atomic number of 15, that exists in several allotropic forms.
- (obsolete) any substance exhibiting phosphorescence; a phosphor
- Do not confuse phosphorus with phosphorous, which is an adjective.
For etymology and more information refer to: http://elements.vanderkrogt.net/elem/be.html (A lot of the translations were taken from that site with permission from the author)
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