pig iron


: crude iron that is the direct product of the blast furnace and is refined to produce steel, wrought iron, or ingot iron

Examples of pig iron in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pig iron was in 1665

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“Pig iron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pig%20iron. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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pig iron

: crude iron that is the direct product of the blast furnace and when refined yields steel, wrought iron, or high-purity iron

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