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Meaning of PINCHBECK

Pronunciation:  'pinch`bek

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold
  2. [adj]  serving as an imitation or substitute; "pinchbeck heroism"

PINCHBECK is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: counterfeit, imitative
 See Also: alloy, metal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pinch"beck\, n. [Said to be from the name of the
    inventor; cf. It. prencisbecco.]
    An alloy of copper and zinc, resembling gold; a yellow metal,
    composed of about three ounces of zinc to a pound of copper.
    It is much used as an imitation of gold in the manufacture of
    cheap jewelry.
  2. \Pinch"beck\, a.
    Made of pinchbeck; sham; cheap; spurious; unreal. ``A
    pinchbeck throne.'' --J. A. Symonds.
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