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I'm looking for a word that basically means an element, alloy or compound. So if this was the word:

pickle (n)
    An element, alloy or compound.

Then copper, iron, steel, glass, tin etc... could all be referred to as 'pickles.'

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Isn't glass neither an element, alloy, nor compound? – augurar Dec 8 '13 at 0:26
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A substance (b: A material of a particular kind or constitution; AHDEL) may be what you're after.

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