American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An alloy of copper with zinc and sometimes other metals, used in making inexpensive jewelry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the many names of brass; Prince's metal; Mannheim gold. Similor and tombac are names indiscriminately applied to varieties of brass used for mock jewelry. Various analyses of alloys sold under the name of tombac show from 82 to 99 per cent of copper and corresponding amounts of zinc. Some French varieties of tombac contain a small percentage of lead besides the copper and zinc.
- n. Alternative form of tombak.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Metal.) An alloy of copper and zinc, resembling brass, and containing about 84 per cent of copper; -- called also
German brassor Dutch brass. It is very malleable and ductile, and when beaten into thin leaves is sometimes called Dutch metal. The addition of arsenic makes white tombac.
- n. an alloy of copper and zinc (and sometimes arsenic) used to imitate gold in cheap jewelry and for gilding
- French, from Dutch tombak, from Malay tembaga. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Brass -- composition and uses -- Corinthian brass composed of gold, silver and tin -- (Encyclopædia) -- electrical amalgam, voltaic plates, pinchbec, prince's metal, tombac.”
“We know that there is found in India, not only copper ftriftly fo called, but zinc alfo, which being mixed with copper conftitutes brafs, pinchbeck, tombac, fimilor, and all the other metallic mixtures which refcmble gold in colour.”
“_tombac_, a precious sort of metal, which was valued at above 7000 ducats, and another cannon reckoned still more valuable on account of its curious workmanship.”
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