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Zinc

zinc | ˈziŋk

noun

An abundant, lustrous, bluish-white metallic element of the Magnesium-Cadmium group

Zinc is brittle at room temperature, but malleable when heated. It is used to form a wide variety of alloys including brass, bronze, various solders, and nickel silver.

Because zinc is not easily oxidized in moist air, it is used for coating galvanized iron and other metals. It is used for electric fuses, anodes, meter cases, roofing gutters, and is also largely consumed in electric batteries.

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