quicksilver

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English quyksilver, from Old English cwicseolfor. Literally "living silver" from its ability to move. See quick in the sense of living.

Noun[edit]

quicksilver (uncountable)

  1. The metal mercury.
  2. (colloquial) An amalgam of mercury and tin applied to the backs of mirrors, quicksilvering.

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Adjective[edit]

quicksilver (not comparable)

  1. Unpredictable, erratic or fickle; mercurial.

Verb[edit]

quicksilver (third-person singular simple present quicksilvers, present participle quicksilvering, simple past and past participle quicksilvered)

  1. To overlay with quicksilver.
  2. To treat with quicksilver.

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