Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. crude zinc
  • n. paktong

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Crude zinc.
  • n. Packfong.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name given to the zinc imported into Europe from China and the East Indies, and formerly, especially in the second half of the eighteenth century, an article of considerable commercial importance—this metal having been purchased by the Dutch in China and by them distributed through the East Indies and supplied to India proper, whence more or less of it found its way to Europe, where its manufacture seems to have been begun on a small scale, both in Germany and in England, about 1730.

Etymologies

From Tamil துத்தநாகம் thuthanaagam meaning "raw zinc" (Source: OED) French toutenague; compare Portuguese tutenaga, tutanaga. See tutty. (Wiktionary)

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