Definition of electrum in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlektrəm/


A natural or artificial alloy of gold with at least 20 percent silver, used for jewelry, especially in ancient times.
Example sentences
  • Gold content of naturally occurring electrum in modern Western Anatolia ranges from 70% to 90%.
  • Numismatists firmly believe that the first coins were made of electrum, a naturally-occurring alloy mostly of gold and silver, with traces of other metals.


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek ēlektron 'amber, electrum'.

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Syllabification: e·lec·trum

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