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zinc

 
pronunciation:
zIngk
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part of speech: noun
definition: a bluish white metal that is one of the chemical elements. Zinc does not rust easily. It can be combined with other metals to form alloys. Zinc is also used in making batteries. (symbol: Zn)
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Zinc comes from a German word that means "point or spike." When zinc is cooled after heating it looks like spikes.
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