any of several alloys of copper and zinc, used in making cheap jewelry
Origin of tombacFrench tombac ; from Portuguese tambaca ; from Malay tembaga, brass or copper ; from Sanskrit tam?ka, literally , dark metal ; from t?mrá-, dark red ; from Indo-European an unverified form temsro- ; from base an unverified form tem-, dark from source temerity
also tam·bac or tam·bak
An alloy of copper with zinc and sometimes other metals, used in making inexpensive jewelry.
Origin of tombacFrench, from Dutch tombak, from Malay tembaga.
- Alternative form of tombak.