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[kish] /kɪʃ/
noun, Metallurgy.
a mixture of graphite and slag separated from and floating on the surface of molten pig iron or cast iron as it cools.
dross on the surface of molten lead.
Origin of kish
1805-15; < German Kies gravel, pyrites; akin to Old English cisel gravel


[kish] /kɪʃ/
an ancient Sumerian and Akkadian city: its site is 8 miles (13 km) east of the site of Babylon in S Iraq. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She calls "kish" in a shrill, unmoved voice, which summons a small boy or girl, who bears your money to the counting-house.

    The Champagne Standard Mrs. John Lane
  • E-igi-e-nir-kidur-makh, temple to Ninni at kish, 639;meaning of name, 639.

  • One of his successors found it necessary to attack kish, which was ever waiting for an opportunity to regain its independence.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
  • They are all Sumerian, and among them the principality of kish occupies a leading place.

  • Those who knew it asked what had happened to the son of kish to have also become a prophet?

    The Bible: what it is Charles Bradlaugh
  • Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was kish, a mighty man of valor.

    Heroes of Israel Theodore Gerald Soares
  • kish, nicknamed "the eternal student," was also like one of the family at the Laptevs'.

  • And later young Saul of kish while roaming through his father's fields was summoned to a throne.

    A Fleece of Gold Charles Stewart Given
  • The wind freshened as the day wore on, and we quickly passed the kish light-ship, and held our course boldly down channel.

British Dictionary definitions for kish


(metallurgy) graphite formed on the surface of molten iron that contains a large amount of carbon
Word Origin
C19: perhaps changed from German Kies gravel; related to Old High German kisil pebble
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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