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pig iron

iron tapped from a blast furnace and cast into pigs in preparation for conversion into steel, cast iron, or wrought iron.
iron in the chemical state in which it exists when tapped from the blast furnace, without alloying or refinement.
Origin of pig iron
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Six of them returned with cargoes of crockery, bar iron, pig iron, and salt.

  • For 1918 the pig iron production of the United States was 39.1 million tons.

    The American Empire

    Scott Nearing
  • You cannot hold it to club trains, as in the case of coal and pig iron.

  • "That was certainly the last o' pig iron," muttered one of the gang.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • And this adds greatly to the cost of converting a ton of pig iron into steel.

    United States Steel Arundel Cotter
  • It will know exactly how many men it will need to manufacture this pig iron.

  • He reported a cotton blanket and a comfortable made of pig iron.

    The Dual Alliance Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • It is, furthermore, "the cheapest market in the North for pig iron."

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street
  • I didn't consider where I could get my pig iron the cheapest.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street
  • I don't know how pig iron affects you, but with me it acts peculiarly.

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    Julian Street
British Dictionary definitions for pig iron

pig iron

crude iron produced in a blast furnace and poured into moulds in preparation for making wrought iron, steels, alloys, etc
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Word Origin and History for pig iron

1660s; see pig (n.) + iron (n.).

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