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Origin: platin(um) plush -oid
- an alloy of copper, nickel, zinc, and tungsten, having a strong resistance to electric current: used in resistors, thermocouples, etc.
- any metal associated with platinum
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- An alloy of copper, nickel, tungsten, and zinc, formerly used in electric coils.
- A metal chemically resembling platinum, especially osmium, iridium, or palladium.