noun \ˈwüts\
variants: or

wootz steel

Definition of wootz



  1. :  a steel made anciently in India by crude methods in small crucibles according to the oldest known process for making fused steel

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Origin and Etymology of wootz

perhaps a mistranscription of wook, borrowed from Kannada urku, ukku “something melted, fused metal, steel”

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