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sterling silver

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noun

an alloy containing not less than 92.5 per cent of silver, the remainder usually being copper
sterling-silver articles collectively

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sterling silver
[ stûrlĭng ]

An alloy that contains at least 92.5 percent silver and up to 7.5 percent copper or another metal, used to make jewelry and silverware.
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