from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An alloy of gold and nickel, sometimes also containing palladium or zinc, having a pale platinumlike color.

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  • n. A precious metal alloy consisting of gold and a platinum group metal such as platinum or palladium or other white metal such as nickel.

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  • n. a pale alloy of gold usually with platinum or nickel or palladium


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  • (n): an alloy of gold and a white metal, usually nickel and palladium. The alloy of gold and nickel is strong and thus useful for rings, pins and brooches; the alloy of gold and palladium is softer and used in gemstone settings. The highest quality of white gold is an 18 karat gold-palladium alloy.

    January 4, 2009