Base Metal

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Base Metal

A metal other than a precious metal; iron is often excluded as well. Common examples include aluminum, tin and copper. Base metals may be traded as commodities and have a variety of uses. As currencies have increasingly gone to fiat money systems, coins are usually made out of a base metal such as zinc.
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Several discs of metal, old coins apparently, such as I hold here, were scattered over the bottom of the box, but it contained nothing else.
Of course, it must have been the old metal and pebbles which my client had dragged from the mere.
With the latter as our guide we set off rapidly but cautiously through a maze of passages, crossing great chambers hewn from the solid metal of the cliff, following winding corridors, ascending steep inclines, and now and again concealing ourselves in dark recesses at the sound of approaching footsteps.
Here, take the sketch, Larok, and give all thine own genius full and unfettered freedom in reproducing it in metal.
And when he came upon the spot, great was his surprise and consternation, for the yellow metal had disappeared.
Their spears were tipped with it, as were their arrows, and they cooked in vessels made all of solid metal like my armlet.
he shouted; and the donkey stopped kicking the metal sheet and turned its head to look with surprise at the shaggy man.
But there couldn't be any metal on this wild, deserted seashore," persisted the girl.
Hollow it was, and of no metal known on earth, was his conclusion.
Clearly," replied the major; "but what metal do you calculate upon employing?
part of the instrument and not in the lower, which they reached by a circular staircase, a masterpiece of lightness, while below them opened a metal well terminated by the metallic mirror, which measured two hundred and eighty feet in depth.
You deny that eternal pharmacy of flowers and metals, which is called the world, made expressly for that eternal invalid called man