misch metal

[ mish ]
/ mɪʃ /


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


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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) /


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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