- any of various alloys of copper, zinc, and nickel, usually white and used for utensils, drawing instruments, etc.; nickel silver.
Origin of German silver
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for german silver
Dagame, or greenheart, is used with german-silver mountings.
Fasten the piece of German-silver wire D to these nails as shown.
The beggars were a kind of German-silver aristocracy; not real plate, to be sure, but better than nothing.
The inkpot was set in a mother-of-pearl boat drawn by a German-silver goose supporting a penholder.Mashi and Other Stories
German-silver palettes are used for skinning the deposited fecula, and shovels of the same metal for packing the dried fecula.
- another name for nickel silver