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Zinc, especially in the form of ingots, slabs, or plates.
[From or akin to Dutch spiauter, from Middle Dutch, from Old French espeautre; probably akin to peutre, pewter; see pewter.]
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(Metallurgy) impure zinc, usually containing about 3 per cent of lead and other impurities
[C17: probably from Middle Dutch speauter, of obscure origin; compare Old French peautre pewter, Italian peltro pewter]
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zinc, esp. in the form of ingots.
[1655–65; obscurely akin to Old French espeautre, Middle Dutch speauter spelter]
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|Noun||1.||spelter - impure zinc containing about three percent lead and other impurities (especially in the form of ingots)|
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