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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How to use Britannia metal in a sentence
It was a big, bold-looking one, of true Britannia metal, with vast internal capacity and a gaping mouth.The Lighthouse | R.M. Ballantyne
He was convinced his own dear dad was a tin Baronet; or, at best, Britannia-metal.When Ghost Meets Ghost | William Frend De Morgan
Smashfeeder, a Britannia-metal spoon,—the best imitation shillings are made from this metal.The Slang Dictionary | John Camden Hotten
Another one of true Britannia metal is being sent to our gallant ally.
Britannia-metal, brit-an′i-a-met′l, n. a metallic alloy largely used in the manufacture of spoons, &c.
British Dictionary definitions for Britannia metal
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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