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electrum

[ih-lek-truh m] /ɪˈlɛk trəm/
noun
1.
an amber-colored alloy of gold and silver used in ancient times.
2.
an alloy composed of about 50 percent copper, 30 percent nickel, and 20 percent zinc.
3.
German silver; nickel silver.
Origin of electrum
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek ḗlektron amber, alloy of gold and silver
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  • It is an electrum, and magic and the observance of the hour have nothing to do with it.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Some think that it was the electrum of the ancients, which was an alloy of silver and gold.

    The New York Obelisk Charles E. Moldenke
  • In what way did electrum induce attention to this property of force in matter?

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  • The coins first issued by the Lydians were of electrum, an alloy of gold and silver.

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  • The most ancient Lydian coins are likewise made of electrum.

    Troy and its Remains Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann
  • It was of electrum, a kind of brass at this time called the gold of the poor.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison
  • Because it first revealed itself to human observation through a substance called, in the Greek language, electrum.

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  • The Lydians began coinage by stamping with a punch each ingot or nugget of gold or silver, or a mixture of them called “electrum.”

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  • It was sometimes inscribed with pictures and hieroglyphs, and covered with a capping of gold-metal or electrum (which see).

    The New York Obelisk Charles E. Moldenke
  • They were fairly adroit workers in silver, electrum, and especially in gold.

British Dictionary definitions for electrum

electrum

/ɪˈlɛktrəm/
noun
1.
an alloy of gold (55–88 per cent) and silver used for jewellery and ornaments
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, from Greek ēlektron amber
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Word Origin and History for electrum
n.

"alloy of gold and up to 40% silver," late 14c. (in Old English elehtre), from Latin electrum "alloy of gold and silver," also "amber" (see electric). So called probably for its pale yellow color.

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