Lemizh / English dictionary
to make cobalt (symbol: Μ)
< NLem redm‑a
< LMLem rèdmyn‑yr ‘meteorite iron’
< MLem reedmyn‑yr
< OLem hrēdmyn‑ ‘rust, meteorite iron?’
< PLem *hrewdman‑
< PIE *h₁réu̯dʰ‑mn̥ ‘something red, red stuff?’, neuter abstract -mn̥-noun of
PIE *h₁reu̯dʰ‑ ‘red’
The name for meteorite iron was transferred to cobalt probably by mistake – iron meteorites typically contain less than 1% cobalt but about 8% of the chemically similar nickel, and of course over 90% iron.
doublet of ràjd.
Eng red, Gk ἐρυθρός ‘red’