zincous

zincous

[zing-kuhs]
adjective

Origin:
1835–45; zinc + -ous

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zinc (zɪŋk)
 
n
1.  a brittle bluish-white metallic element that becomes coated with a corrosion-resistant layer in moist air and occurs chiefly in sphalerite and smithsonite. It is a constituent of several alloys, esp brass and nickel-silver, and is used in die-casting, galvanizing metals, and in battery electrodes. Symbol: Zn; atomic no: 30; atomic wt: 65.39; valency: 2; relative density: 7.133; melting pt: 419.58°C; boiling pt: 907°C
2.  informal corrugated galvanized iron
 
[C17: from German Zink, perhaps from Zinke prong, from its jagged appearance in the furnace]
 
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