American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An alloy of silver and gold.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word used by Greek (
η%27λεκτρον) and Latin (electrum) authors with various meanings at various times. From the time of Herodotus on its most common meaning in Greek was ‘amber,’ but it was also used for ‘pure gold,’ as by Sophocles. The Romans used electrum with the meaning of ‘amber,’ also as designating an alloy, which might be either natural or artificial, of silver and gold (Pliny gives the amount of silver present in electrum at one fifth of the whole). Later on, electrum was confounded with orichalc (which see), and in the middle ages had acquired the definite meaning of ‘brass.’ At all times, and especially among the Latin writers, there was more or less uncertainty in regard to the meaning of this word, and there was a tendency among both Greeks and Romans to use it just as adamant was frequently used, namely, as designating some ideal, imperfectly known substance possessed of almost miraculous properties.
- n. Native argentiferous gold in which the silver amounts to one third or more.
- n. obsolete Amber.
- n. An alloy of gold and silver, used by the ancients; now specifically a natural alloy with between 20 and 50 per cent silver.
- n. German silver plate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Amber.
- n. An alloy of gold and silver, of an amber color, used by the ancients.
- n. German-silver plate. See German silver, under German.
- n. an alloy of gold and silver
- From Latin electrum, from Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον (ēlektron). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin ēlectrum, amber, from Greek ēlektron. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The left one is electrum, which is poisonous to demons, and the right one is blessed iron, in case I run across any unfriendly vampires or even faeriesfaeries hate iron.”
“A natural alloy of gold containing 20 per cent silver, termed electrum, is the lowest grade of the noble metal.”
“Silver was found in even greater abundance, both in ornaments and in vessels; besides which there were articles in electrum, which is an amalgam of silver with gold.”
“The Septuagint and Vulgate translate it, "electrum";”
“When Ramses II was over eighty he celebrated his rejuvenation at the feast of Set, repeating it yearly until he was ninety and more, and displaying his power of rejuvenation to the Gods above in the Obelisks he regularly erected as a memorial, which the aged Pharaoh decorated with electrum at the top so that their brightness should pour over lands of Egypt when the sun was mirrored in them.”
“I believe this means the hoard of treasure on which he sleeps at night is 6 gold pieces, 2 silver, and 3 electrum smaller than first estimated, and that his enchanted Turtleneck of Mediocrity is probably working at only +3 instead of an Industry-Killing +6.”
“As a child, I was filled with wonderment at my first encounter with electrum coins, potions of diminution, and lycanthropic foes.”
“Every nail used to hammer the beams together is made of silver, iron, or electrum.”
“I thought it was quite pretty until he told me that the fabric is edged with electrum, as sharp as a razor.”
“Voices -- made of thinnest platinum -- that sang, the calls and flutings of invisible birds, nacre-spun nightingales and hawks of hollow electrum.”
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