cat's silver

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Calque of German Katzensilber


cat's silver (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) mica
    • 1827, Universal Geography: Or A Description of All Parts of the World[1], page 98:
      Another variety of mica in spangles of a yellowish gold, or whitish silver colour, is known all over the world, by the ridiculous names of cat's gold, or cat's silver.