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Britannia metal

or britannia metal

a white alloy of tin, antimony, and copper in varying proportions, sometimes with small amounts of zinc, lead, and bismuth, used for tableware and as an antifriction material.
Origin of Britannia metal
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Where's the Britannia metal as I gave thirteen-and-six for seven year ago?

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    M. E. Braddon
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Britannia metal

an alloy of low melting point consisting of tin with 5–10 per cent antimony, 1–3 per cent copper, and sometimes small quantities of zinc, lead, or bismuth: used for decorative purposes and for bearings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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