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emery

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noun em·ery \ˈem-rē, ˈe-mə-\

Definition of emery

plural em·er·ies

  1. :  a dark granular mineral that consists of corundum with iron oxide impurities (as magnetite) and is used as an abrasive; also :  a hard abrasive powder



Origin of emery

Middle English, from Anglo-French esmeril, from Old Italian smiriglio, from Medieval Latin smiriglum, from Greek smyrid-, smyris


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with emery


EMERY Defined for Kids

emery

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noun em·ery \ˈe-mə-rē, ˈem-rē\

Definition of emery

plural em·er·ies

  1. :  a mineral used as a powder for polishing and grinding




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emery

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noun em·ery \ˈem-(ə-)rē\

Medical Definition of emery

plural em·er·ies

  1. :  a dark granular mineral that consists essentially of corundum and is used for grinding and polishing; also :  a hard abrasive powder




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