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gunmetal

[guhn-met-l] /ˈgʌnˌmɛt l/
noun
1.
any of various alloys or metallic substances with a dark gray or blackish color or finish, used for chains, belt buckles, etc.
2.
Also called gunmetal gray. a dark gray with bluish or purplish tinge.
3.
a bronze formerly much used for cannon.
4.
an alloy of 88 percent copper, 10 percent tin, and 2 percent zinc, cast or machined for use in valves, gears, and other parts.
Origin of gunmetal
1535-1545
1535-45; gun1 + metal
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gunmetal

/ˈɡʌnˌmɛtəl/
noun
1.
a type of bronze containing copper (88 per cent), tin (8–10 per cent), and zinc (2–4 per cent): used for parts that are subject to wear or to corrosion, esp by sea water
2.
any of various dark grey metals used for toys, belt buckles, etc
3.
  1. a dark grey colour with a purplish or bluish tinge
  2. (as adjective): gunmetal chiffon
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