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iridosmine

[ir-i-doz-min, -dos-, ahy-ri-]
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noun
  1. a native alloy of iridium and osmium, usually containing some rhodium, ruthenium, platinum, etc., used especially for the points of gold pens.
Also ir·i·dos·mi·um [ir-i-doz-mee-uh m, -dos-, ahy-ri-] /ˌɪr ɪˈdɒz mi əm, -ˈdɒs-, ˌaɪ rɪ-/.

Origin of iridosmine

First recorded in 1820–30; irid- + osm(ium) + -ine2
Also called osmiridium.
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Examples from the Web for iridosmine

Historical Examples

  • Iridosmine occurs commonly with gold or tin in alluvial drifts.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8

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British Dictionary definitions for iridosmine

iridosmine

iridosmium

noun
  1. other names for osmiridium

Word Origin

C19: from irido- + osm (ium) + ine- ²
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