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  1. Metallurgy.
    1. made or consisting of two metals.
    2. of or relating to a bimetal.
  2. pertaining to bimetallism.
  3. Engraving. (of an offset plate) consisting of a face layer of chromium, stainless steel, or chemically prepared aluminum over a layer of copper.
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Also bimetal.

Origin of bimetallic

From the French word bimétallique, dating back to 1875–80. See bi-1, metallic
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Examples from the Web for bimetallic

Historical Examples

  • It proves the humbug of the Bimetallic position up to the hilt.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, February 1, 1890


  • The flame of the burners is regulated by a bimetallic thermostat.

  • He does not quibble as to the most important point in the bimetallic controversy.


    John P. Jones

  • It is thus that Mr. Lepper creates a bimetallic system of money.

    The Arena


  • The merit of the bimetallic scheme does not depend on this at all.

    Readings in Money and Banking

    Chester Arthur Phillips

British Dictionary definitions for bimetallic


  1. consisting of two metals
  2. 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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