Definition of iridium in English:

iridium

noun

  • The chemical element of atomic number 77, a hard, dense silvery-white metal.

    • ‘Jewellery made of platinum, iridium and palladium gleamed majestically, now and then emitting flashes of brilliant light from the studded diamonds.’
    • ‘The new electrochemical system is based on a magnesium anode, a seawater/catholyte electrolyte and an electrocatalyst of palladium and iridium catalyzed on carbon paper.’
    • ‘They found the rare element iridium in the thin clay layer that caps the rocks of the Cretaceous era.’
    • ‘Previously, it was thought that any asteroid or comet collision would leave strong evidence of the element iridium, the signal found in the sedimentary layer from the time of the dinosaur extinction.’
    • ‘The earth's crust is depleted in iridium and other platinum group elements, while meteorites are enriched in them.’

Origin

Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin iris, irid- rainbow (so named because it forms compounds of various colors).

Pronunciation:

iridium

/iˈridēəm/