a. A white metallic element that is very ductile and malleable. Symbol,
Ag. Occurs native and in ores such as argentite and horn silver; lead,
lead-zinc, copper, gold, and copper-nickel ores are its principal sources.
Used for jewelry, photography, dental alloys, and coinage.
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b. An isometric or hexagonal mineral, Ag , native silver; commonly alloyed
with Hg or Au; soft; metallic; sp gr, 10.5; in oxidized zones of
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