Bell metal



an alloy of about 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, sometimes with small amounts of lead and zinc, having low damping qualities and used especially for bells.
Historical Examples

The Virginia Housewife Mary Randolph
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Various
Folkways William Graham Sumner
Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley
A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines Andrew Ure
The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852 Ben Casseday
Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, June 1899 Various
Birds and all Nature Vol VII, No. 3, March 1900 Various
The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift

noun
an alloy of copper and tin, with some zinc and lead, used in casting bells

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