Why was "tantrum" trending last week?

calamine brass

an alloy of zinc carbonate and copper, formerly used to imitate gold. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for calamine brass

alloy of copper with zinc, produced by heating fragments of copper with charcoal and a zinc ore, calamine or smithsonite, in a closed crucible to red heat (about 1,300 C, or 2,400 F). The ore is reduced to a zinc vapour that diffuses into the copper. Apparently invented in Asia Minor, this method of brass manufacture was common from the 1st millennium BC. In Roman times a brass industry was established based on this process. It continued in use through the 18th century, long after metallic zinc was known, because the calamine brass was esteemed more highly than the brass made by melting the copper and zinc together. See also brass

Learn more about calamine brass with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for calamine brass

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for calamine

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for calamine brass