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tain

[ teyn ]
/ teɪn /
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noun
a thin tin plate.
tin foil for the backs of mirrors.
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Origin of tain

1855–60; <French: silvering, foil, aphetic variant of étain tin
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British Dictionary definitions for tain

tain
/ (teɪn) /

noun
tinfoil used in backing mirrors

Word Origin for tain

from French, from étain tin, from Old French estain, from Latin stagnum alloy of silver and lead; see stannum
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