# Is a galvanic cell only called that if copper and zinc are used?

I know other metals can be used to get the same effect but I'm interested in the name. Is it only called a galvanic cell if copper and zinc are used? Or is the name "voltaic cell" used only when copper and zinc are used? I'm confused because I've heard them being used interchangeably.

• Maybe you are thinking of a Daniell cell, which consists of a copper electrode and a zinc electrode. – Faded Giant Feb 23 '16 at 20:04

$$\begin{array}{lc} \text{Electrode material:} & \ce{Zn|Zn^{2+}||Cu^{2+}|Cu}\\ \text{Electrolyte concentrations:} & c(\ce{Zn^{2+}}) = c(\ce{Cu^{2+}}) = 1\ \mathrm{mol\ l^{-1}}\\ \text{Voltage:} & U(25\ \mathrm{°C}) = 1.10\ \mathrm{V} \end{array}$$