Definition of base metal in English:

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  • A common metal that is not considered precious, such as copper, tin, or zinc: cutlery was available in silver or base metals [mass noun]: most are made of base metal
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    • Within these belts, gold mineralization is associated with rare metals, base metals, uranium, antimony, and mercury.
    • Alloy steel, copper, lead, zinc and base metals are basic raw materials used in a variety of industries.
    • Its focus is on gold but its portfolio also includes projects with potential for platinum group metals, copper, silver and base metals.

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