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tombac

[ tom-bak ]
/ ˈtɒm bæk /
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noun

an alloy, used to imitate gold, containing from 70 to 92 percent copper with zinc and sometimes tin and other materials forming the remainder.

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Also tambac.

Origin of tombac

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Dutch tombak, from Portuguese tambaca, from Malay tembaga “copper,” from Indo-Aryan (compare Hindi tambiyā “copper or brass vessel,” Sanskrit tāmraka “copper”
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tombac

tambac (ˈtæmbæk)

/ (ˈtɒmbæk) /

noun

any of various brittle alloys containing copper and zinc and sometimes tin and arsenic: used for making cheap jewellery, etc

Word Origin for tombac

C17: from French, from Dutch tombak, from Malay tambâga copper, apparently from Sanskrit tāmraka, from tāmra dark coppery red
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