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britannia metal

britannia metal, silvery-white alloy 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.


Britannicus (Claudius Tiberius Germanicus Britannicus) (brĭtănˈĭkəs), A.D. 41?–A.D. 55, Roman prince, son of Claudius I and Messalina, so called in honor of Claudius' conquests in Britain. After Claudius' marriage to Agrippina the Younger, mother of Nero, Britannicus was passed over as heir in favor of Nero. He was poisoned after Nero's accession. His death is the subject of Racine's drama Britannicus.
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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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Britannia metal

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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