Definition of tumbaga in English:


Syllabification: tum·ba·ga
Pronunciation: /to͝omˈbägə


  • An alloy of gold and copper commonly used in pre-Columbian South and Central America.
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    • There is evidence suggesting the transfer of tumbaga took place, and at a later date possibly brass technology.
    • Many of the coppery-colored tumbaga castings were then gilded and burnished to restore their golden appearance.
    • Many Spanish conquerors were fooled by depletion gilded tumbaga, believing it to be gold.


1930s: from Spanish, from Malay tembaga 'copper, brass'.

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