base metal


base metal
noun
a metal that is common and not considered precious
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lead, iron, copper, tin, and zinc are base metals

Hypernyms: ↑metallic element, ↑metal

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ˌbase ˈmetal [base metal base metals] noun
a metal, for example iron or ↑lead, that is not a ↑precious metal such as gold

Useful english dictionary. 2012.