[ uh-brey-siv, -ziv ]
/ əˈbreɪ sɪv, -zɪv /
any material or substance used for grinding, polishing, etc., as emery, pumice, or sandpaper.
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Origin of abrasive
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/ (əˈbreɪsɪv) /
a substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, grinding, smoothing, or polishing
causing abrasion; grating; rough
irritating in manner or personality; causing tension or annoyance
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[ ə-brā′sĭv ]
A material used to produce abrasion.
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