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pig iron

noun
1.
iron tapped from a blast furnace and cast into pigs in preparation for conversion into steel, cast iron, or wrought iron.
2.
iron in the chemical state in which it exists when tapped from the blast furnace, without alloying or refinement.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65
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British Dictionary definitions for pig-iron

pig iron

noun
1.
crude iron produced in a blast furnace and poured into moulds in preparation for making wrought iron, steels, alloys, etc
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Word Origin and History for pig-iron

pig iron

n.

1660s; see pig (n.) + iron (n.).

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