tinfoil late 15c., from TIN (Cf. tin) + FOIL (Cf. foil) (n.).

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  • tinfoil — noun Date: 14th century a paper thin metal sheeting usually of aluminum or tin lead alloy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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