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britannia metal,silvery-white alloyalloy
[O. Fr.,=combine], substance with metallic properties that consists of a metal fused with one or more metals or nonmetals. Alloys may be a homogeneous solid solution, a heterogeneous mixture of tiny crystals, a true chemical compound, or a mixture of these.
..... Click the link for more information. of tin with antimony, copper, and sometimes bismuth and zinc. It is very similar in appearance to pewter, but is harder. It is used widely for the manufacture of tableware.
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britannia metal[bri′tan·yə ‚med·əl]
A silver-white tin alloy, similar to pewter, containing about 7% antimony, 2% copper, and often some zinc and bismuth; used in domestic utensils.
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an alloy of low melting point consisting of tin with 5--10 per cent antimony, 1--3 per cent copper, and sometimes small quantities of zinc, lead, or bismuth: used for decorative purposes and for bearings
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