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For for the color, see Silver (color).

Silver is a chemical element with the symbol Ag (from the Latin argentum, derived from the Proto-Indo-European h₂erǵ: "shiny" or "white") and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal.


  • Just for a handful of silver he left us,
    Just for a riband to stick in his coat.–
    Found the one gift of which fortune bereft us,
    Lost all others she sets us devote;
    They with the gold to give doled him our silver,
    So much was theirs who so little allowed.
  • After the golden age of Latinity, we gradually slide into the silver, and at length precipitately descend into the iron.
    • Isaac D'Israeli, in The Literary Character, Illustrated by the History of Men of Genius (1795-1822), Ch. III
  • For in the true nature of things,
    if we rightly consider,
    every green tree is far more glorious
    than if it were made of gold and silver.
Georgian silver coin - First of all the Georgian Silver goes, and then all that nice furniture that used to be in the salon. Then the Canalettos go. - Harold Macmillan.
The Bible on Wikisource.
  • And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
  • The sayings of the Lord are pure; they are like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.
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