noun

  • A type of brass containing about 60 per cent copper, 39 per cent zinc, and one per cent tin, used for bolts and other fittings on ships.

Origin

Mid 18th century (in an earlier sense). From naval + brass.

Pronunciation

naval brass

/ˌneɪvl ˈbras//ˌneɪvl ˈbrɑːs/