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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLATINUM

About her neck was a chain of blue stones linked with platinum.

Anybody can be liberal if someone else furnishes the platinum.

“Good thing she has platinum crosshairs,” he said to Ashton.

The metal which possesses this property to the highest degree, is platinum.

Only platinum could exist there, and the matter had to rearrange itself as platinum.

Transpose it into platinum or uranium—anything good and heavy.

There's platinum and everything else that's heavy there, girl!

What precautions would this suggest in the use of platinum vessels?

From the method of preparation of platinum, what metal is likely to be alloyed with it?

At the Vesper Club, always up-to-date, the ball was of platinum, not of ivory.

WORD ORIGIN

metallic element, 1812, Modern Latin, from Spanish platina "platinum," diminutive of plata "silver," from Old French plate or Old Provençal plata "sheet of metal" (see plate (n.)). The metal looks like silver, and the Spaniards at first thought it an inferior sort of silver, hence the name platina. It was first obtained from Spanish colonies in Mexico and Colombia, brought to Europe in 1735, and identified as an element 1741. Taken into English as platina (c.1750), it took its modern form (with element ending -ium) in 1812, at the time the names of elements were being regularized. As a shade of blond hair, attested from 1931. As a designation for a recording that has sold at least one million copies, it is attested from 1971.

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