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

Origin of tombac

1595–1605; < Dutch tombak < Portuguese tambaca < Malay tembaga copper < Indo-Aryan (compare Hindi tambiyā copper or brass vessel, Sanskrit tāmraka copper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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tambac (ˈtæmbæk)

  1. 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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