Pinch"beck (?), n. [Said to be from the name of the inventor; cf. It. prencisbecco.]

An alloy of copper and zinc, resembling gold; a yellow metal, composed of about three ounces of zinc to a pound of copper. It is much used as an imitation of gold in the manufacture of cheap jewelry.


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Pinch"beck, a.

Made of pinchbeck; sham; cheap; spurious; unreal.

"A pinchbeck throne."

J. A. Symonds.


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