Sunday, April 05, 2009

Tin, in my words

snin : tin

The Illunse word for tin (metal) is snin. Snin translates to years in Maltese.

This word is a mixture of the Late Latin word for tin which is stannum (in Old Latin tin is plumbum candidum literally "white lead"), and the Old English word for tin which is tin (same as Modern English).

Tin is a malleable, silvery-white metal. Its atomic symbol is Sn, from the Latin stannum. Tin is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion, and is used in many alloys, most notably bronze and pewter. Tin is another one of the seven metals known from antiquity.

I've changed this word. My Illunse word for tin is now stin.

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