Dutch gold


noun Sometimes Offensive.

an alloy of copper and zinc in the form of thin sheets, used as an imitation of gold leaf.
Also called Dutch foil, Dutch leaf, Dutch metal.

usage note for Dutch gold

Dutch gold is not really gold. Because Dutch is used to mean “inauthentic” or “fake,” the term is sometimes perceived as insulting to or by the Dutch. See also Dutch.
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British Dictionary definitions for dutch metal (1 of 2)

Dutch metal

Dutch gold


noun

a substitute for gold leaf, consisting of thin sheets of copper that have been turned yellow by exposure to the fumes of molten zinc

British Dictionary definitions for dutch metal (2 of 2)

Dutch gold

noun

another name for Dutch metal
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