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German silver

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noun
  1. any of various alloys of copper, zinc, and nickel, usually white and used for utensils, drawing instruments, etc.; nickel silver.

Origin of German silver

First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for german silver

Historical Examples

  • Dagame, or greenheart, is used with german-silver mountings.

    The Boy Mechanic, Book 2

    Various

  • Fasten the piece of German-silver wire D to these nails as shown.

  • The beggars were a kind of German-silver aristocracy; not real plate, to be sure, but better than nothing.

  • The inkpot was set in a mother-of-pearl boat drawn by a German-silver goose supporting a penholder.

    Mashi and Other Stories

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • German-silver palettes are used for skinning the deposited fecula, and shovels of the same metal for packing the dried fecula.


British Dictionary definitions for german silver

German silver

noun
  1. another name for nickel silver
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