hand-wrought steel, made in various Asian countries, from parts of a bloom of heterogeneous composition, repeatedly folded over and welded and finally etched to reveal the resulting grain: used especially for sword blades.
Origin of Damascus steel
First recorded in 1720–30
Also called damask, damask steel.
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British Dictionary definitions for damascus steel
history a hard flexible steel with wavy markings caused by forging the metal in strips: used for sword blades
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