[ muh-tal-ik ]
/ məˈtæl ɪk /


of, relating to, or consisting of metal.
of the nature of or suggesting metal, as in luster, resonance, or hardness: metallic green; a harsh metallic sound.
  1. (of a metal element) being in the free or uncombined state: metallic iron.
  2. containing or yielding metal.


  1. a yarn or fiber made partly or entirely of metal and having a metallic appearance.
  2. a fabric made of such a yarn or fiber.

Origin of metallic

1560–70; < Latin metallicus < Greek metallikós of, for mines. See metal, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for metallic


/ (mɪˈtælɪk) /


of, concerned with, or consisting of metal or a metal
suggestive of a metala metallic click; metallic lustre
chem (of a metal element) existing in the free state rather than in combinationmetallic copper

Derived Formsmetallically, adverb
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Science definitions for metallic


[ mĭ-tălĭk ]

Relating to or having the characteristics of a metal.

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