- an amber-colored alloy of gold and silver used in ancient times.
- an alloy composed of about 50 percent copper, 30 percent nickel, and 20 percent zinc.
- German silver; nickel silver.
Origin of electrum
Examples from the Web for electrum
Historical Examples of electrum
It is an electrum, and magic and the observance of the hour have nothing to do with it.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Some think that it was the electrum of the ancients, which was an alloy of silver and gold.The New York Obelisk
Charles E. Moldenke
In what way did electrum induce attention to this property of force in matter?The Reason Why
The coins first issued by the Lydians were of electrum, an alloy of gold and silver.Invention
Bradley A. Fiske
The most ancient Lydian coins are likewise made of electrum.Troy and its Remains
Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann
- an alloy of gold (55–88 per cent) and silver used for jewellery and ornaments
Word Origin for electrum
Word Origin and History for electrum
"alloy of gold and up to 40% silver," late 14c. (in Old English elehtre), from Latin electrum "alloy of gold and silver," also "amber" (see electric). So called probably for its pale yellow color.