Definition of electrum in English:


Line breaks: elec|trum
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛktrəm


[mass noun]
  • A natural or artificial alloy of gold with at least 20 per cent of silver, used for jewellery, especially in ancient times.
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    • 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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