Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An alloy of silver and gold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Amber.
  • n. An alloy of gold and silver, used by the ancients; now specifically a natural alloy with between 20 and 50 per cent silver.
  • n. German silver plate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Amber.
  • n. An alloy of gold and silver, of an amber color, used by the ancients.
  • n. German-silver plate. See German silver, under German.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word used by Greek (η%27λεκτρον) and Latin (electrum) authors with various meanings at various times.
  • n. Native argentiferous gold in which the silver amounts to one third or more.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an alloy of gold and silver

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin ēlectrum, amber, from Greek ēlektron.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin electrum, from Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον (ēlektron). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The left one is electrum, which is poisonous to demons, and the right one is blessed iron, in case I run across any unfriendly vampires or even faeriesfaeries hate iron.

    The Mortal Instruments: Book One: City of Bones

  • A natural alloy of gold containing 20 per cent silver, termed electrum, is the lowest grade of the noble metal.

    Getting Gold: a practical treatise for prospectors, miners and students

  • Silver was found in even greater abundance, both in ornaments and in vessels; besides which there were articles in electrum, which is an amalgam of silver with gold.

    History of Phoenicia

  • The Septuagint and Vulgate translate it, "electrum";

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • When Ramses II was over eighty he celebrated his rejuvenation at the feast of Set, repeating it yearly until he was ninety and more, and displaying his power of rejuvenation to the Gods above in the Obelisks he regularly erected as a memorial, which the aged Pharaoh decorated with electrum at the top so that their brightness should pour over lands of Egypt when the sun was mirrored in them.

    Rebellion in the Land of the Pharaohs

  • I believe this means the hoard of treasure on which he sleeps at night is 6 gold pieces, 2 silver, and 3 electrum smaller than first estimated, and that his enchanted Turtleneck of Mediocrity is probably working at only +3 instead of an Industry-Killing +6.

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  • As a child, I was filled with wonderment at my first encounter with electrum coins, potions of diminution, and lycanthropic foes.

    From the Dungeon to the Dictionary « Isegoria

  • Every nail used to hammer the beams together is made of silver, iron, or electrum.

    Clockwork Angel

  • I thought it was quite pretty until he told me that the fabric is edged with electrum, as sharp as a razor.

    Clockwork Angel

  • Voices -- made of thinnest platinum -- that sang, the calls and flutings of invisible birds, nacre-spun nightingales and hawks of hollow electrum.

    New Race

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