One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alloy of cerium, lanthanum, and other rare earth metals, used as an additive in various alloys, e.g. in flints for cigarette lighters.
- ‘One of the oldest use of lanthanum metal is in the production of misch metal, an alloy that produces sparks when struck.’
- ‘The interface characteristics derived from the lifetime results could be used to give a satisfactory interpretation of the dependence of mechanical properties on the content of misch metal.’
- ‘The employment of the misch metal, which comprises multi-rare earth elements, instead of pure Ce in the Ce-Al - Co system can improve the glass-forming ability in spite of the tiny atomic size difference of the rare earth metals.’
- ‘Impure lanthanum is used in alloys such as misch metal, of which lanthanum is a major constituent.’
- ‘Neodymium is present in misch metal to the extent of about 18%.’
1920s: from German Mischmetall, from mischen ‘to mix’ + Metall ‘metal’.
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