emery

[em-uh-ree, em-ree]
noun
a granular mineral substance consisting typically of corundum mixed with magnetite or hematite, used powdered, crushed, or consolidated for grinding and polishing.

Origin:
1475–85; < Middle French emeri, Old French esmeril < Vulgar Latin *smēriculum, equivalent to Medieval Greek smêri (for Greek smýris rubbing powder; akin to smear) + Latin -culum -cule2

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Emery

[em-uh-ree, em-ree]
noun
a male or female given name.
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emery (ˈɛmərɪ)
 
n
a.  a hard greyish-black mineral consisting of corundum with either magnetite or haematite: used as an abrasive and polishing agent, esp as a coating on paper, cloth, etc. Formula: Al2O3
 b.  (as modifier): emery paper
 
[C15: from Old French esmeril, ultimately from Greek smuris powder for rubbing]

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emery
late 15c., from M.Fr. emeri, from O.Fr. emmery, from It. smeriglo, from V.L. *smyrilium, from Gk. smyris "abrasive powder," perhaps from a Sem. source.
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Emery was able to present two expert witnesses to the jury.
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