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German silver

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for German silver
Historical Examples
  • Dagame or greenheart is used for the butt, joint, and tips, and German silver for the fittings.

  • The principal use of zinc is as an alloy with other metals to form brass, bronze, German silver and bearing metals.

  • The commonest alloy containing nickel is German silver, although one of its most important alloys is found in nickel steel.

British Dictionary definitions for German silver

German silver

another name for nickel silver
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