Dross'

dross

[draws, dros]
noun
1.
waste matter; refuse.
2.
Metallurgy. a waste product taken off molten metal during smelting, essentially metallic in character.
3.
British. coal of little value.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English dros(se), Old English drōs; cognate with Middle Dutch droes dregs; compare Middle English drōsen, Old English drōsna; cognate with Middle High German truosen husks

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dross (drɒs)
 
n
1.  the scum formed, usually by oxidation, on the surfaces of molten metals
2.  worthless matter; waste
 
[Old English drōs dregs; related to Old High German truosana]
 
'drossy
 
adj
 
'drossiness
 
n

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dross
O.E. dros "dirt, dregs," from P.Gmc. *drohs- (cf. Ger. Drusen "dregs, husks"). Originally "the scum thrown off from metals in smelting." Related to O.E. dreosan "to drip."
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Dross definition


the impurities of silver separated from the one in the process of melting (Prov. 25:4; 26:23; Ps. 119:119). It is also used to denote the base metal itself, probably before it is smelted, in Isa. 1:22, 25.

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