Titanium "Burning in nitrogen" ??

I just ran across a reference to titanium as being "the only element that burns in nitrogen". I'm guessing that they mean that titanium may evolve flames in a nitrogen ambient. Is this the case ? If not, what do they mean?

(BTW, the reference came from the LANL site, so I tend to think there is some credibility to it). I'm just curious about this, as I've never heard such a thing !

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When burnt in air, magnesium metal will form magnesium nitride along with the MgO. Whether it will "burn" in pure nitrogen, I can't say.-Jitney

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