1. Also, Pal·la·di·on [puh-ley-dee-on] a statue of Athena, especially one on the citadel of Troy on which the safety of the city was supposed to depend.
2. ( usually lowercase ) anything believed to provide protection or safety; safeguard.
1.a ductile malleable silvery-white element of the platinum metal group occurring principally in nickel-bearing ores: used as a hydrogenation catalyst and, alloyed with gold, in jewellery.
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