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osmiridium

Definition:

a hard and corrosion resistant mineral that is a natural alloy of osmium and iridium (usually containing small amounts of rhodium and platinum); used in needles, pen nibs, and so on

Class:

substance noun (substance and materials)

Plural:

osmiridiums

Type of:

mineral » material » substance » matter

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

from osm(ium) + iridium
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Osmiridium | iridosmium | iridosmine

a natural alloy of osmium and iridium, with traces of other platinum group metals. Osmiridium has been defined as containing a higher proportion of iridium, while iridosmine contains more osmium. However, as the content of the natural Os-Ir alloys... (39 of 297 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

osmiridium | iridosmine [synonym] | iridosmium [other]

a very hard corrosion-resistant white or grey natural alloy of osmium and iridium in variable proportions, often containing smaller amounts of ... (21 of 201 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/osmiridium

Random House Dictionary:

iridosmine | iridosmium | osmiridium [synonym]

a native alloy of iridium and osmium, usually containing some rhodium, ruthenium, platinum, etc., used especially for the points of gold pens. (22 of 36 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/iridosmine

New World Dictionary:

iridosmine | iridosmium | osmiridium

a native alloy of iridium and osmium containing small amounts of other metals of the platinum group: it crystallizes in the hexagonal system (23 of 36 words, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

osmiridium | iridosmine

A mineral that is a natural alloy of osmium and iridium with small inclusions of platinum, rhodium, and other metals, used in needles and wearing ... (25 of 35 words, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

osmiridium [mineralogy]

A hard, corrosion-resistant alloy or osmium and iridium used in pen nibs (12 of 14 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

iridosmine [mineral] | Osmiridium [synonym]

mineral consisting of an alloy of iridium and a smaller proportion of osmium. It occurs in gold-bearing conglomerates, as at the Witwatersrand in ... (23 of 93 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/294005​/iridosmine

Merriam-Webster:

iridosmine

a mineral that is a native iridium osmium alloy usually containing some rhodium and platinum (15 of 32 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/iridosmine

Columbia Encyclopedia:

mineral

inorganic substance occurring in nature, having a characteristic and homogeneous chemical composition, definite physical properties, and, usually, a ... (18 of 297 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0833286​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

mineral | minerals

a solid, naturally occurring inorganic substance | a substance obtained by mining | an inorganic substance needed by the human body for good health | ... (22 of 110 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mineral

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mineral [countable] | minerals [plural]

a natural substance in the earth, for example coal, salt, gold, or diamonds | a natural substance in some foods that you need for good health, for ... (26 of 72 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mineral

Cambridge Dictionary:

mineral [entry 1]

a valuable or useful chemical substance which is formed naturally in the ground | a chemical that your body needs to stay healthy (22 of 43 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mineral 1

mineral [entry 2, plural] | minerals

[British, outdated] cold sweet fizzy (with bubbles) drinks without alcohol (10 of 20 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mineral 2

mineral [entry 3]

being or consisting of a mineral or minerals (8 of 35 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mineral 3

Encarta Dictionary:

osmiridium

a very hard white or gray naturally occurring alloy of osmium and iridium, often with platinum and other metals. Use: pen nibs. (22 of 43 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635604​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

osmiridium

First use: 19th century

Origin: from osm(ium) + iridium

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/osmiridium

American Heritage Dictionary:

osmiridium

Origin: "osmium" + "iridium".

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osmium

Origin: From Greek osmē, smell (from the strong odor of osmium tetroxide).

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iridium

Origin: From Latin īris, īrid-, rainbow (from the colors produced by dissolving it in hydrochloric acid); see "irido-" + "-ium".

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New World Dictionary:

osmiridium

Origin: "osmium" + "iridium"

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osmium

Origin: Modern Latin: so named (1804) by S. Tennant (1761-1815), English chemist from Greek osmē, "odor" (from the odor of one of its oxides) + "-ium"

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iridium

Origin: Modern Latin: so named (1804) by S. Tennant (1761-1815), English chemist from Greek iris (generally iridos), "iris", because its salts ... (20 of 24 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

osmiridium

First use: Late 19th century

Origin: German, blend of osmium + iridium

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

osmiridium

Audio: British English pronunciation of "osmiridium"

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the Free Dictionary:

osmiridium

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "osmiridium"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "osmiridium" by speech synthesizer

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YourDictionary Audio:

osmiridium

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "osmiridium" by speech synthesizer

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