noun[mass noun] historical
An alloy of copper and zinc resembling brass, hammered into thin sheets and used to make monumental brasses and church ornaments.
- Brasses were made of latten plate, an alloy of copper and about 18% zinc, and set into a slab to lie flush with the floor surface.
- Sea water would be collected in clay-lined pits in which mud would settle out before the brine was transferred to lead or latten pans heated over fires for the final evaporation.
Middle English: from Old French laton, of unknown origin.
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