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So I bought this nickel one, an' carted t'other off into the attic. '

Five cents, a nickel, a half-a-dime, the twentiethpotofadollah!

"Some greeny that wants a nickel's worth of beans, I suppose," said one.

The driver meanwhile searched his pockets in vain for a nickel.

When he came back she slipped a nickel upon the arm of his chair.

Much iron, steel, copper, brass and nickel are used in our homes.

At that time, the presence of nickel was the "positive" test of meteoritic matter.

For these reasons, nickel or gold plating is much to be preferred.

"Here is your money," answered Dick, and passed the nickel over.

So I bought this nickel one, an' carted t' other off into the attic. '

WORD ORIGIN

whitish metal element, 1755, coined in 1754 by Swedish mineralogist Axel von Cronstedt (1722-1765) from shortening of Swedish kopparnickel "copper-colored ore" (from which it was first obtained), a half-translation of German Kupfernickel, literally "copper demon," from Kupfer (see copper) + Nickel "demon, goblin, rascal" (a pet form of masc. proper name Nikolaus, cf. English Old Nick "the devil;" see Nicholas); the ore so called by miners because it looked like copper but yielded none.

Meaning "coin made partly of nickel" is from 1857, when the U.S. introduced one-cent coins made of nickel to replace the old bulky copper pennies. Application to five-cent piece (originally one part nickel, three parts copper) is from 1883, American English; in earlier circulation there were silver half-dimes. To nickel-and-dime (someone) is from 1964 (nickels and dimes "very small amounts of money" is attested from 1893).

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