- a flint glass with a high lead content, used to imitate gemstones.
Origin of strass1
1810–20; < German, named after J. Strasser, 18th-century German jeweler who invented it
- silk waste produced in making skeins.
Origin of strass2
1855–60; < French strasse < Italian straccio, noun derivative of stracciare to tear < Vulgar Latin *extractiare, derivative of Latin extractus (see extract)
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Examples from the Web for strass
At No. 58 lived Strass, the inventor of the simili-diamonds.Historic Paris
Jetta S. Wolff
The first little town that reckons in the Zillerthal is Strass, a very unpretending place, and then Schlitters.The Valleys of Tirol
R. H. Busk
From strass 7000 gr.; pure calcined sesquioxide of iron (trocus martis), 65 gr.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Of the transparent glass paste termed Stras or Strass we have already spoken.Jewellery
H. Clifford Smith,
In the glass known as strass, used to make imitation Diamonds, the adamantine luster is well imitated.
- jewellery another word for paste 1 (def. 6)
C19: German, named after J. Strasser, 18th-century German jeweller who invented it
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