From German Zink, related to Zinke, from Middle High German zinke, from Old High German zinko, allied to zint, from Proto-Germanic *tindaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(e)dont-. Cognate with Old English tind, Middle Low German tinde, Icelandic tindur. See also Dutch tinne, German Zinne, Danish tinde, Swedish tinne, More at tine. zincum.
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