[Ger.] One of the metallic elements. It is found in small quantities, in the native state, in Cornwall, France, Germany, Peru, and Siberia, but is chiefly prepared from its ores, which are found in Saxony and Cornwall. Pure bismutb crystallizes more readily than any other metal, and its density decreases under increased pressure. Fusible alloys containing bismuth have been to some extent used as safety-plugs for steam boilers, in addition to the safety-valve. The compounds of bismuth are also used in medicine and as pigments.