1. made or consisting of two metals.
  2. of or relating to a bimetal.
pertaining to bimetallism.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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consisting of two metals
of, relating to, or based on bimetallism
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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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