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  • ME alai < Anglo-Fr alei (OFr aloi) < aleier < L alligare < ad-, to + ligare, to bind. A substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition. The product obtained has a metallic appearance and properties and their manufacture corresponds to the desire to modify some of the physical, chemical or mechanical properties of their constituents, and they have therefore found wide application in artistic techniques. They are usually classified according to their composition. They are usually classified according to their composition, either according to the element which is found in greater proportion (copper alloy, gold alloy, etc.), or according to the number of elements involved in their manufacture (binary, ternary, etc.).

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