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low-grade

[loh-greyd] /ˈloʊˈgreɪd/
adjective
1.
of an inferior quality, worth, value, etc.:
The mine yields low-grade silver ore.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; low1 + grade
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low-grade

adj.

1867, originally in mining, with reference to ores, from low (adj.) + grade (n.).

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