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Date: 1700-1800
Language: German
Origin: kupfernickel substance containing nickel, from kupfer 'copper' + nickel 'spirit that plays tricks'; because the substance contains no copper, even though it looks like copper

nickel

noun
     
nickel
Related topics: Elements, Currencies
nickā€§el
1 [uncountable]HCEHCE a hard silver-white metal that is often combined with other metals, for example to make steel. It is a chemical element: symbol Ni
2 [countable]PEC a coin in the US or Canada that is worth five cents

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