emery

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noun, often attributive em·ery \ ˈem-rē , ˈe-mə- \

Definition of emery

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

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Origin and Etymology of emery

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


EMERY Defined for Kids

emery

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noun em·ery \ ˈe-mə-rē , ˈem-rē \

Definition of emery for Students

plural emeries
:a mineral used as a powder for polishing and grinding

Medical Dictionary

emery

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noun, often attributive em·ery \ ˈem-(ə-)rē \

medical Definition of emery

plural emeries
: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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