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Britannia metal

or britannia metal

  1. a white alloy of tin, antimony, and copper in varying proportions, sometimes with small amounts of zinc, lead, and bismuth, used for tableware and as an antifriction material.
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Origin of Britannia metal

First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for britannia metal

Historical Examples

  • She agitated the Britannia-metal teaspoon furiously in the empty tumbler.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • He was convinced his own dear dad was a tin Baronet; or, at best, Britannia-metal.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • Britannia-metal, brit-an′i-a-met′l, n. a metallic alloy largely used in the manufacture of spoons, &c.

  • Smashfeeder, a Britannia-metal spoon,—the best imitation shillings are made from this metal.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

British Dictionary definitions for britannia metal

Britannia metal

  1. an alloy of low melting point consisting of tin with 5–10 per cent antimony, 1–3 per cent copper, and sometimes small quantities of zinc, lead, or bismuth: used for decorative purposes and for bearings
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