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noun i*rid"i*um
A rare metallic element of atomic number 77, of the same group as platinum, which it much resembles, being silver-white and indifferent to most corrosive agents, but harder, more brittle, and with a higher melting temperature (2410° C, versus platinum 1772° C). With the exception of osmium, it is the heaviest substance known, its specific gravity being 22.4. Symbol Ir. Atomic weight 192.22.

Note: ☞ Iridium usually occurs as a native alloy with osmium ( iridosmine or osmiridium), which may occur alone or with platinum. Iridium, as an alloy with platinum, is used in bushing the vents of heavy ordnance. It is also used for the points of gold pens, and in a finely powdered condition ( iridium black), for painting porcelain black.

Etymology: NL., fr. L. iris iridis, the rainbow. So called from the iridescence of some of its solutions. See Iris

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  1. A heavy brittle metallic element of the platinum group; used in alloys; occurs in natural alloys with platinum or osmium

From Ancient Greek ἶρις (îris, “rainbow”) (because of the bright colour of many of iridium's salts).

  1. A metallic chemical element (symbol Ir) with an atomic number of 77.

iridium was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, Latin, Limburgish, and Malay

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Past life for Iridium born Dec 1, 1978

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Romania approximately on 875. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. It always seemed to you, that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson - to trust your intuition as your best guide in present life.

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