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 for spirit of tin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stannic \Stan"nic\ (-n[i^]k), a. [L. stannum tin: cf. F.
     stannique.] (Chem.)
     Of or pertaining to tin; derived from or containing tin;
     specifically, designating those compounds in which the
     element has a higher valence as contrasted with stannous
     compounds.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Stannic acid.
     (a) A hypothetical substance, Sn(OH)4, analogous to silicic
         acid, and called also normal stannic acid.
     (b) Metastannic acid.
  
     Stannic chloride, a thin, colorless, fuming liquid,
        SnCl4, used as a mordant in calico printing and dyeing;
        -- formerly called spirit of tin, or fuming liquor of
        Libavius.
  
     Stannic oxide, tin oxide, SnO2, produced artificially as
        a white amorphous powder, and occurring naturally in the
        mineral cassiterite. It is used in the manufacture of
        white enamels, and, under the name of putty powder, for
        polishing glass, etc.
        [1913 Webster]

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