One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various white alloys, especially white bronze or electrum.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Petrie (1790–1866), antiquary and painter. From Early Irish findruine kind of white metal alloy, white bronze, electrum (Irish fiondruine white bronze, now only historical and literary), apparently originally a variant of findbruine, in the same sense from find white + a second element of uncertain sense and origin.
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