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.
    • 2012 April 29, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Treehouse of Horror III” (season 4, episode 5; originally aired 10/29/1992)”[1]:
      The idea of a merchant selling both totems of pure evil and frozen yogurt (he calls it frogurt!) is amusing in itself, as is the idea that frogurt could be cursed, but it’s really the Shopkeeper’s quicksilver shift from ominous doomsaying to chipper salesmanship that sells the sequence.

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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