Definition of Tombac

1. Noun. An alloy of copper and zinc (and sometimes arsenic) used to imitate gold in cheap jewelry and for gilding.

Exact synonyms: Tambac, Tombak
Generic synonyms: Alloy, Metal



Definition of Tombac

1. n. An alloy of copper and zinc, resembling brass, and containing about 84 per cent of copper; -- called also German, or Dutch, brass. It is very malleable and ductile, and when beaten into thin leaves is sometimes called Dutch metal. The addition of arsenic makes white tombac.

Definition of Tombac

1. Noun. A brass alloy also known as red-bronze. Term used where zinc content is below 28%. Usually consists of 84-90 % zinc and 16-10% copper, sometimes including arsenic to mimic gold. Also called German brass or Dutch brass. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tombac

1. an alloy of copper and zinc [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tombac

1. An alloy of copper and zinc, resembling brass, and containing about 84 per cent of copper; called also German, or Dutch, brass. It is very malleable and ductile, and when beaten into thin leaves is sometimes called Dutch metal. The addition of arsenic makes white tombac. Alternative forms: tombak, and tambac. Origin: Pg. Tambaca,tambaque, fr. Malay tambaga copper; cf. Skr. Tamraka; cf. F. Tombac. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tombac

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tombac (current term)
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Literary usage of Tombac

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1. The Practical Brass and Iron Founder's Guide: A Treatise on Brass Founding by James Larkin (1892)
"... in the Hartz; 6, Yellow tombac for Parisian gilt ornaments: 7, Hanoverian; 8, Chryso chalk ; 9, Paris tombac; and 10 the red tombac of Vienna. ..."

2. A Complete Treatise on the Electro-deposition of Metals by Georg Langbein (1898)
"For deposits of tombac Hess's bath (formula VII., brassing) with anodes of plate or sheet tombac can be recommended; 3 to 3.5 volts being the most suitable ..."

3. Mixed Metals, Or, Metallic Alloys: Or, Metallic Alloys by Arthur Horseman Hiorns (1901)
"tombac.—As stated on a previous page, tombac is a name applied to alloys which by some manufacturers are termed prince-s metal, similor, and Mannheim gold. ..."

4. Chemical Experiments: Illustrating the Theory, Practice, and Application of by George William Francis (1850)
"tombac of Europe, or red brass,— From 8 to 10 parts copper to 1 of zinc. 545. Fine brass.—2 parts copper to 1 zinc. 546. Manheim gold. ..."

5. The Metallic Alloys: A Practical Guide for the Manufacture of All Kinds of by Alfred Krupp, Andreas Wildberger, William Theodore Brannt (1888)
"Red brass comes into commerce under a great many names, such as tombac, ... tombac.—This alloy contains generally 84 to 85 parts of copper and 15 to 1t5 ..."

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