A brittle metal, of a yellowish white colour; it is somewhat harder than lead, and melts at 480° Fahr. Urged by a strong heat in a close vessel, it sublimes entire, and crystallizes very distinctly when gradually cooled. Bismuth unites with most metallic substances, and renders them, in general, more fusible. 8 parts of bismuth, 5 of lead, and 3 of tin, form what is called fusible metal, which melts in boiling water. Bismuth is used in the composition of pewter, in the fabrication of printers' types, and, combined with lead and tin, forms plumbers' solder.