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tain

[teyn] /teɪn/
noun
1.
a thin tin plate.
2.
tin foil for the backs of mirrors.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < French: silvering, foil, aphetic variant of étain tin
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tain

/teɪn/
noun
1.
tinfoil used in backing mirrors
Word Origin
from French, from étain tin, from Old French estain, from Latin stagnum alloy of silver and lead; see stannum
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Word Origin and History for tain
n.

"thin tin plate for mirrors, etc.," 1858, from French tain "tinfoil," an alteration of étain "tin," from Latin stagnum, stannum "alloy of silver and lead," later "tin" (see stannic).

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