rhodium

noun
rho·​di·​um | \ ˈrō-dē-əm How to pronounce rhodium (audio) \

Definition of rhodium

: a rare silvery-white hard ductile metallic element that is resistant to acids, occurs native but is usually obtained from nickel ores, and is used especially as a catalyst and in platinum alloys — see Chemical Elements Table

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The silverware is exhibited as spills of cutlery in three patinas: sterling silver, sterling silver with a rhodium finish, and stainless steel. Joan Juliet Buck, ELLE Decor, "The Greatness of Milan Through the Lens of Bottega Veneta," 29 Aug. 2018 German and Swiss engineering combined here for something special: The Montblanc x BMW Meisterstück fountain pen is hand-made, with a 14-carat gold nib and rhodium-plated inlay in the black-resin body. Fortune, "The Best Non-Car Stuff to Buy From Bentley, Porsche, and BMW," 7 Apr. 2018 Each piece in the line references a movement, costume or set in a ballet—and is created from rhodium plated sterling silver with black and white diamonds. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ringing It," 15 Apr. 2014 Among the offerings are pieces made from vintage Persian turquoise from the 1950s and sparkling citrine and crystal set in rhodium. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Sézane brings its French style to a monthlong pop-up shop at the Grove," 7 Mar. 2018 Lisa George abstract brass initial necklace, finished in 14-karat gold or rhodium plating. Ingrid Schmidt, latimes.com, "Instagram-ready designer gifts," 3 Nov. 2017 Rhodium is the easiest of the three metals to invest in. Eddie Van Der Walt, Bloomberg.com, "Best-Performing Metals as Hard to Trade as They Are to Find," 13 July 2017 Each piece in the line references a movement, costume or set in a ballet—and is created from rhodium plated sterling silver with black and white diamonds. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ringing It," 15 Apr. 2014 Griffith is still bullish on long-term prospects for platinum and its sister metals palladium and rhodium. Eddie Van Der Walt, Bloomberg.com, "It's Platinum Week, Weaker, Weakest as Miners Meet in London," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of rhodium

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhodium

New Latin, from Greek rhodon rose

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The first known use of rhodium was in 1804

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rhodium

noun
rho·​di·​um | \ ˈrōd-ē-əm How to pronounce rhodium (audio) \

Medical Definition of rhodium

: a white hard ductile metallic element that is resistant to attack by acids, occurs in platinum ores, and is used in alloys with platinum symbol Rh — see Chemical Elements Table

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