ir·​id·​os·​mine ˌir-ə-ˈdäz-ˌmēn How to pronounce iridosmine (audio)
: a mineral that is a native iridium osmium alloy usually containing some rhodium and platinum

Word History


borrowed from German Iridosmin, from Iridium iridium + Osmium osmium + -in -ine entry 2

Note: Named by the German mineralogist August Breithaupt (1791-1873) in "Mineralogische Untersuchung des russischen Platinsandes," Annalen der Physik, Band 84 (1826), pp. 500-05.

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iridosmine was in 1827

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“Iridosmine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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