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bort

[bawrt] /bɔrt/
noun
1.
low-quality diamond, in granular aggregate or small fragments, valuable only in crushed or powdered form, especially for industrial use as an abrasive.
Also, boart, bortz
[bawrts] /bɔrts/ (Show IPA)
.
Compare ballas, carbonado2 .
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; apparently metathetic variant of *brot (Old English gebrot fragment); akin to Middle English brotel brittle, Old Norse brot fragment
Related forms
borty, adjective
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bort

/bɔːt/
noun
1.
an inferior grade of diamond used for cutting and drilling or, in powdered form, as an industrial abrasive
Derived Forms
borty, adjective
Word Origin
Old English gebrot fragment; related to Old Norse brot piece, Old High German broz bud
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Word Origin and History for borts

bort

n.

"waste diamonds, small chips from diamond-cutting," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Old French bort "bastard."

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