Definition of electrum in English:

electrum

noun

  • [mass noun] A natural or artificial alloy of gold with at least 20 per cent of silver, used for jewellery, especially in ancient times.

    • ‘Gold content of naturally occurring electrum in modern Western Anatolia ranges from 70% to 90%.’
    • ‘Numismatists firmly believe that the first coins were made of electrum, a naturally-occurring alloy mostly of gold and silver, with traces of other metals.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek ēlektron amber, electrum.

Pronunciation

electrum

/ɪˈlɛktrəm/