One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Made of platinum, consisting of platinum.
An alloy of copper and zinc formerly used for making buttons.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From Spanish † platina platinum (A. de Ulloa Relación historica del viage a la America meridional; now platino, with change of gender after French platine: see platinum) from plata silver + -ina<br>late 18th century; earliest use found in William Richardson (1743–1814), literary scholar. Origin uncertain; probably a transferred use of platina.
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