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Emery

[em-uh-ree, em-ree] /ˈɛm ə ri, ˈɛm ri/
noun
1.
a male or female given name.
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  • The Hobsons and the emerys have married one another more 'n once, as fur as that goes.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • "The emerys was always a humorous family," remarked Diadema, as she annihilated a fly with a newspaper.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Dr. Melton had recently evolved for this characteristic of hers one of the explanations which the emerys found so enigmatic.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • It was one of his preposterous speeches which had become a family joke with the emerys.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
British Dictionary definitions for emerys

emery

/ˈɛmərɪ/
noun
1.
  1. a hard greyish-black mineral consisting of corundum with either magnetite or haematite: used as an abrasive and polishing agent, esp as a coating on paper, cloth, etc. Formula: Al2O3
  2. (as modifier): emery paper
Word Origin
C15: from Old French esmeril, ultimately from Greek smuris powder for rubbing
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Word Origin and History for emerys

emery

n.

"granular mixture used as an abrasive," late 15c., from Middle French émeri, from Old French esmeril, from Italian smeriglo, from Vulgar Latin *smyrilium, from Greek smyris "abrasive powder" used for rubbing and polishing, probably a non-Greek word, perhaps from a Semitic source.

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