Carborundum

[kahr-buh-ruhn-duh m]
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Carborundum

noun
  1. trademark
    1. any of various abrasive materials, esp one consisting of silicon carbide
    2. (as modifier)a Carborundum wheel
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Word Origin and History for carborundum

Carborundum

n.

silicon carbide used as an abrasive, (reg. trademark U.S. June 21, 1892, by Carborundum Co. of Monongahela City, Pa.), from carbon + corundum.

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