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dross

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noun \ˈdräs, ˈdrȯs\

Simple Definition of dross

  • : unwanted material that is removed from a mineral (such as gold) to make it better

  • : something of low value or quality

Full Definition of dross

  1. 1 :  the scum that forms on the surface of molten metal

  2. 2 :  waste or foreign matter :  impurity

  3. 3 :  something that is base, trivial, or inferior

drossy play \ˈdrä-sē, ˈdrȯ-\ adjective

Examples of dross

  1. There is quite a lot of dross on TV these days.

  2. His editor has a talent for turning literary dross into gold.



Origin of dross

Middle English dros, from Old English drōs dregs


First Known Use: before 12th century

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