or boart, bortz
- low-quality diamond, in granular aggregate or small fragments, valuable only in crushed or powdered form, especially for industrial use as an abrasive.
Origin of bort
1615–25; apparently metathetic variant of *brot (Old English gebrot fragment); akin to Middle English brotel brittle, Old Norse brot fragment
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Examples from the Web for bort
Mrs. Bort received Neaera in a way most unbecoming to a pensioner.
Let me congratulate you, Mrs. Bort, on having done your duty.
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A. D. Crabtre
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H. G. Wells
The governing fact in the situation, the fact that Neaera did not see her way to meet, was that Mrs. Bort was an honest woman.
boart bortz (bɔːts)
- an inferior grade of diamond used for cutting and drilling or, in powdered form, as an industrial abrasive
Old English gebrot fragment; related to Old Norse brot piece, Old High German broz bud
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Word Origin and History for bort
"waste diamonds, small chips from diamond-cutting," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Old French bort "bastard."
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