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mischmetal

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(Metallurgy) an alloy of cerium and other rare earth metals, used esp as a flint in cigarette lighters
[C20: from German Mischmetall, from mischen to mix]
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Noun1.misch metal - a pyrophoric alloy made from a mixture of rare-earth metals
pyrophoric alloy - an alloy that emits sparks when struck or scratched with steel; used in lighter flints
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The fire-starter/sharpener uses a Mischmetal (rare earth alloy) fire rod that is much more effective than regular ferrocium.
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