Tutenag

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tutenag (Metal) Crude zinc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tutenag The name given to the zinc imported into Europe from China and the East Indies, and formerly, especially in the second half of the eighteenth century, an article of considerable commercial importance—this metal having been purchased by the Dutch in China and by them distributed through the East Indies and supplied to India proper, whence more or less of it found its way to Europe, where its manufacture seems to have been begun on a small scale, both in Germany and in England, about 1730. It is said that the name tutenag was first given to an alloy imported from the East by the Portuguese, and that this alloy was the gong-metal of the Chinese, which is a variety of bronze. This would seem to be probable, since the first mention of this alloy, so far as known, is that of Libavius, who, in his work “De Natura Metallorum,” published in 1597, describes a white bronze (æs album), which he says is not zinc, but a peculiar kind of tin brought from the East Indies, and which is sonorous, for which reason it was called by the Spaniards tintinaso, from tintinnare, ‘to resound.’ Whether this name was a variant of tutenag (also spelled in a great variety of other ways, among which tintinague) or an independent designation of the alloy is not known. The whole matter of the early nomenclature of zinc is extremely obscure. See zinc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tutenag tū′te-nag the zinc imported into Europe from China and the East Indies during the 18th century.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. toutenague,; cf. Pg. tutenaga, tutanaga,. See Tutty
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tutenague, prob. from Pers. and Ar. tūtiya, an oxide of zinc, and -nāk, a suffix, or perh. Hind. nāga, lead.

Usage

In literature:

Tutenag (toutia) is collected there and is imported in large quantities.
"Les Parsis" by D. Menant
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