from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An alloy consisting of a combination of nickel, zinc, and copper united in various proportions, often with antimony, iron, lead, tin, and silver.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A white metallic alloy; which is made into spoons, forks, teapots, etc. British plate or German silver. See German silver, under german.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a white alloy of copper, nickel and zinc, once used to make cheap cutlery etc


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Many of the alb-words are of course quite rare, or only in specialized* use, in English: albata ["white metal, German silver", SOED]; albugo ["=leucoma"; note Greek leukos, white]; albaspine ["whitethorn, hawthorn"]; and albite ["Min. ELVER AND ALBUM.

  • Spanish also has albada, parallel to French aubade note aube, dawn and Italian albata. ELVER AND ALBUM.

  • These were called Factiones, and each had its distinguishing colour: russata (red), albata (white), veneta (blue), prasina (green).


  • "My sister is not albata ware, -- that you hate, Mrs. Sheppard.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • a white metallic alloy; German silver

    June 14, 2009