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precious metal

noun
1.
a metal of the gold, silver, or platinum group.
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  • A period cannot be imagined when the precious metal will be exhausted.

  • No ornament of the precious metal is ever seen about their persons.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • From collars of lace and lawn, let us turn to collars of precious metal.

    A Book About Lawyers

    John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • It is not the most elaborate, the finest wrought, that of the most precious metal.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • They do not thirst feverishly for the precious metal as many do.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • Is that the name of a town, or do you mean that the precious metal is so plentiful there?

  • Here are great threads of the precious metal, and masses of ore as well.

    The Silver Canyon George Manville Fenn
  • The sides of the mine were traversed with the streaks of precious metal.

    The Motor Boys Overland

    Clarence Young
  • Ledageree dropped his armful of the precious metal and screamed an order.

    Spacewrecked on Venus Neil R. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for precious metal

precious metal

noun
1.
any of the metals gold, silver, or platinum
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