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precious metal

noun
1.
a metal of the gold, silver, or platinum group.
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  • It is a relic of the age of gold, when this precious metal was used in a thousand forms, not seen to-day.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks William Elliot Griffis
  • No ornament of the precious metal is ever seen about their persons.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • It was near this spot, therefore, in all probability, that the precious metal would be found in richest abundance.

    The Pirate Island Harry Collingwood
  • Is that the name of a town, or do you mean that the precious metal is so plentiful there?

  • And that too will be reckoned the precious metal when the Kingdom of God comes to the earth.

    Quiet Talks on Service S. D. Gordon
  • Here are great threads of the precious metal, and masses of ore as well.

    The Silver Canyon George Manville Fenn
  • Every man who had fallen was covered with a film of the precious metal, as if he had been dipped into an electrolytic bath.

    The Moon Metal Garrett P. Serviss
  • The sides of the mine were traversed with the streaks of precious metal.

    The Motor Boys Overland Clarence Young
  • He had heard of mountains of that precious metal far away in the interior.

British Dictionary definitions for precious metal

precious metal

noun
1.
any of the metals gold, silver, or platinum
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