Triboelectricity, stemming from the greek word Tribo which means "rubbing", is a form of static electricity caused by rubbing two differently charged triboelectric materials together. Examples of positively charged triboelectric material include human hair, silk, or glass. Examples of neuturally charged materials include brass, teflon, synthetic rubber (like the material used to make balloons) or Orlon.

Triboelectric materials are what produce energy in many static electricity machines such as the Van De Graaff Generator

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