emeries








noun

  1. a granular mineral substance consisting typically of corundum mixed with magnetite or hematite, used powdered, crushed, or consolidated for grinding and polishing.

noun

    1. 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: Al 2 O 3
    2. (as modifier)emery paper
n.

“granular mixture used as an abrasive,” late 15c., from Middle French √©meri, from Old French esmeril, from Italian smeriglo, from Vulgar Latin *smyrilium, from Greek smyris “abrasive powder” used for rubbing and polishing, probably a non-Greek word, perhaps from a Semitic source.

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