- an alloy, used to imitate gold, containing from 70 to 92 percent copper with zinc and sometimes tin and other materials forming the remainder.
Origin of tombac
1595–1605; < Dutch tombak < Portuguese tambaca < Malay tembaga copper < Indo-Aryan (compare Hindi tambiyā copper or brass vessel, Sanskrit tāmraka copper
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When a small percentage of zinc is present, the colour of brass is reddish, as in tombac or red brass, which contains about 10%.
- any of various brittle alloys containing copper and zinc and sometimes tin and arsenic: used for making cheap jewellery, etc
C17: from French, from Dutch tombak, from Malay tambâga copper, apparently from Sanskrit tāmraka, from tāmra dark coppery red