Definition of red-short

of metal
: brittle when red-hot — compare cold-short, hot-short

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History and Etymology for red-short

by folk etymology from Swedish rödskört, neuter of rödskör, from röd red (from Old Swedish röther) + skör brittle, from Old Swedish skör, skyr; akin to Old Norse rauthr red and Old Norse skera to cut

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“Red-short.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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