South African DutchShow more Calque formed on South African Dutch zink galvanized iron.
Galvanized iron, i.e. iron coated with zinc, used in the manufacture of baths, buckets, other household utensils, and flat or corrugated sheets for the roofs and walls of buildings. Also attributive.See also tin.
Also used in this sense in West Indian English.
Some of the earlier quotations may be referring to true zinc.
1831S. Afr. Almanac & Dir. 179The upper part of the roof is covered with zinc, which has not been found to answer the high expectations formed of its suitability.
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