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tombac

[tom-bak] /ˈtɒm bæk/
noun
1.
an alloy, used to imitate gold, containing from 70 to 92 percent copper with zinc and sometimes tin and other materials forming the remainder.
Also, tambac.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Dutch tombak < Portuguese tambaca < Malay tembaga copper < Indo-Aryan (compare Hindi tambiyā copper or brass vessel, Sanskrit tāmraka copper
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tombac

/ˈtɒmbæk/
noun
1.
any of various brittle alloys containing copper and zinc and sometimes tin and arsenic: used for making cheap jewellery, etc
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Dutch tombak, from Malay tambâga copper, apparently from Sanskrit tāmraka, from tāmra dark coppery red
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