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bell metal

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noun
  1. an alloy of about 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, sometimes with small amounts of lead and zinc, having low damping qualities and used especially for bells.

Origin of bell metal

First recorded in 1535–45
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Examples from the Web for bell metal

Historical Examples

  • "There, they are tolling for the mass," said Ignat, listening to the echo of the bell-metal.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • The food is served on a plantain leaf or a bell-metal plate.

  • They place them in the bell-metal vessel in which the rice was boiled.

  • Images of gods are made of bell-metal, and worshipped in their huts.

  • There is also antimony in brass, concave mirrors, bell-metal, &c.


British Dictionary definitions for bell metal

bell metal

noun
  1. an alloy of copper and tin, with some zinc and lead, used in casting bells
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