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terne

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/ tɜrn /
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noun

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British Dictionary definitions for terne

terne
/ (tɜːn) /

noun

Also called: terne metal an alloy of lead containing tin (10–20 per cent) and antimony (1.5–2 per cent)
Also called: terne plate steel plate coated with this alloy

Word Origin for terne

C16: perhaps from French terne dull, from Old French ternir to tarnish
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