■ noun 'alɔɪ a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements, especially to give greater strength or resistance to corrosion.
↘an inferior metal mixed with a precious one.
■ verb ə'lɔɪ mix (metals) to make an ~.
C16: from OFr. aloi (n.) and Fr. aloyer (v.), both from OFr. aloier , aleier 'combine', from L. alligare 'bind'.