An example of zinc is to glavanize by covering iron with zinc.
Origin of zinc
- German Zink possibly from Zinke spike (so called because it becomes jagged in the furnace) from Middle High German zinke from Old High German zinko
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From German Zink, related to Zinke (“point, prong"), from Old High German zint (“a jag, point"), from Proto-Germanic *tinduz, *tindaz (“prong, pinnacle"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)dont- (“tooth, projection"), see also Dutch tinne (“battlement"), German Zinne (“pinnacle, battlement"), Danish tinde (“pinnacle, battlement"), Swedish tinne (“tooth of a rake"), Icelandic tindur (“spike, tooth of a rake or harrow, pinnacle, peak, battlement").