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 for German silver
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  German \Ger"man\, a. [L. Germanus. See German, n.]
     Of or pertaining to Germany.
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     German Baptists. See Dunker.
     German bit, a wood-boring tool, having a long elliptical
        pod and a scew point.
     German carp (Zool.), the crucian carp.
     German+millet+(Bot.),+a+kind+of+millet+({Setaria+Italica">German millet (Bot.), a kind of millet ({Setaria Italica,
        var.), whose seed is sometimes used for food.
     German paste, a prepared food for caged birds.
     German process (Metal.), the process of reducing copper ore
        in a blast furnace, after roasting, if necessary.
     German sarsaparilla, a substitute for sarsaparilla extract.
     German sausage, a polony, or gut stuffed with meat partly
     German silver (Chem.), a silver-white alloy, hard and
        tough, but malleable and ductile, and quite permanent in
        the air. It contains nickel, copper, and zinc in varying
        proportions, and was originally made from old copper slag
        at Henneberg. A small amount of iron is sometimes added to
        make it whiter and harder. It is essentially identical
        with the Chinese alloy packfong. It was formerly much
        used for tableware, knife handles, frames, cases, bearings
        of machinery, etc., but is now largely superseded by other
        white alloys.
     German steel (Metal.), a metal made from bog iron ore in a
        forge, with charcoal for fuel.
     German text (Typog.), a character resembling modern German
        type, used in English printing for ornamental headings,
        etc., as in the words,
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     Note: This line is German Text.
     German tinder. See Amadou.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Silver \Sil"ver\ (s[i^]l"v[~e]r), n. [OE. silver, selver,
     seolver, AS. seolfor, siolfur, siolufr, silofr, sylofr; akin
     to OS. silubar, OFries. selover, D. zilver, LG. sulver, OHG.
     silabar, silbar, G. silber, Icel. silfr, Sw. silfver, Dan.
     s["o]lv, Goth. silubr, Russ. serebro, Lith. sidabras; of
     unknown origin.]
     1. (Chem.) A soft white metallic element, sonorous, ductile,
        very malleable, and capable of a high degree of polish. It
        is found native, and also combined with sulphur, arsenic,
        antimony, chlorine, etc., in the minerals argentite,
        proustite, pyrargyrite, ceragyrite, etc. Silver is one of
        the "noble" metals, so-called, not being easily oxidized,
        and is used for coin, jewelry, plate, and a great variety
        of articles. Symbol Ag (Argentum). Atomic weight 107.7.
        Specific gravity 10.5.
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     Note: Silver was known under the name of luna to the ancients
           and also to the alchemists. Some of its compounds, as
           the halogen salts, are remarkable for the effect of
           light upon them, and are used in photography.
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     2. Coin made of silver; silver money.
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     3. Anything having the luster or appearance of silver.
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     4. The color of silver.
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     Note: Silver is used in the formation of many compounds of
           obvious meaning; as, silver-armed, silver-bright,
           silver-buskined, silver-coated, silver-footed,
           silver-haired, silver-headed, silver-mantled,
           silver-plated, silver-slippered, silver-sounding,
           silver-studded, silver-tongued, silver-white. See
           Silver, a.
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     Black silver (Min.), stephanite; -- called also brittle
        silver ore, or brittle silver glance.
     Fulminating silver. (Chem.)
        (a) A black crystalline substance, Ag2O.(NH3)2, obtained
            by dissolving silver oxide in aqua ammonia. When dry
            it explodes violently on the slightest percussion.
        (b) Silver fulminate, a white crystalline substance,
            Ag2C2N2O2, obtained by adding alcohol to a solution
            of silver nitrate; -- also called fulminate of
            silver. When dry it is violently explosive.
     German silver. (Chem.) See under German.
     Gray silver. (Min.) See Freieslebenite.
     Horn silver. (Min.) See Cerargyrite.
     King's silver. (O. Eng. Law) See Postfine.
     Red silver, or Ruby silver. (Min.) See Proustite, and
     Silver beater, one who beats silver into silver leaf or
        silver foil.
     Silver glance, or Vitreous silver. (Min.) See
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nickel \Nick"el\, n. [G., fr. Sw. nickel, abbrev. from Sw.
     kopparnickel copper-nickel, a name given in derision, as it
     was thought to be a base ore of copper. The origin of the
     second part of the word is uncertain. Cf. Kupfer-nickel,
     1. (Chem.) A bright silver-white metallic element of atomic
        number 28. It is of the iron group, and is hard,
        malleable, and ductile. It occurs combined with sulphur in
        millerite, with arsenic in the mineral niccolite, and with
        arsenic and sulphur in nickel glance. Symbol Ni. Atomic
        weight 58.70.
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     Note: On account of its permanence in air and inertness to
           oxidation, it is used in the smaller coins, for plating
           iron, brass, etc., for chemical apparatus, and in
           certain alloys, as german silver. It is magnetic, and
           is very frequently accompanied by cobalt, both being
           found in meteoric iron.
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     2. A small coin made of or containing nickel; esp., a
        five-cent piece. [Colloq. U.S.]
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     Nickel silver, an alloy of nickel, copper, and zinc; --
        usually called german silver; called also argentan.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  German silver
      n 1: a silver-white alloy containing copper and zinc and nickel
           [syn: nickel silver, German silver]

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