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alpha brass[′al·fə ‚bras]
An alloy of copper and zinc containing up to 36% zinc dissolved, rather than chemically combined, with the copper; ductile, easily cold-worked, and corrosion resistant; used for hot-water pipes.
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An alloy containing 51 to 61% copper and 39 to 45% zinc; used in hot-water systems because of its corrosion resistant properties.
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