misch metal

[ mish ]
/ mɪʃ /

noun

a pyrophoric alloy, containing approximately 50 percent cerium and 45 percent lanthanum, made from a mixture of various rare-earth chlorides by electrolysis.

Nearby words

  1. miscegenation,
  2. miscellanea,
  3. miscellaneous,
  4. miscellanist,
  5. miscellany,
  6. mischance,
  7. mischanter,
  8. mischief,
  9. mischief night,
  10. mischief-maker

Origin of misch metal

1920–25; < German Mischmetall, equivalent to misch(en) to mix + Metall metal

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British Dictionary definitions for misch metal

misch metal

/ (mɪʃ) /

noun

an alloy of cerium and other rare earth metals, used esp as a flint in cigarette lighters

Word Origin for misch metal

C20: from German Mischmetall, from mischen to mix

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