According to this article, osmium is the least compressible of materials. When I looked at an encyclopedia article about osmium, I was surprised to discover that its name comes from a Greek root that means “odor.” I’d always thought it was named after the generic Anglo-Saxon word for a god, which is “os.”
Gerald Baker Cedar Falls, Iowa
Webster’s New World Dictionary of Science (
osmium’s discoverer, Smithson Tennant, named the element “after the irritating smell of one of its oxides.”
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