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  1. Metallurgy.
    1. made or consisting of two metals.
    2. of or relating to a bimetal.
  2. pertaining to bimetallism.
  3. Engraving. (of an offset plate) consisting of a face layer of chromium, stainless steel, or chemically prepared aluminum over a layer of copper.
Also bimetal.

Origin of bimetallic

From the French word bimétallique, dating back to 1875–80. See bi-1, metallic
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Historical Examples

  • It proves the humbug of the Bimetallic position up to the hilt.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, February 1, 1890</p>


  • The flame of the burners is regulated by a bimetallic thermostat.

  • He does not quibble as to the most important point in the bimetallic controversy.


    John P. Jones

  • It is thus that Mr. Lepper creates a bimetallic system of money.

    The Arena


  • The merit of the bimetallic scheme does not depend on this at all.

    Readings in Money and Banking</p>

    Chester Arthur Phillips

British Dictionary definitions for bimetallic


  1. consisting of two metals
  2. of, relating to, or based on bimetallism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bimetallic


also bi-metallic, "composed of two metals," 1864, from bi- + metallic. In economics, 1876, from French bimétalique (Cornuschi).

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