emery

[ em-uh-ree, em-ree ]
/ ˈɛm ə ri, ˈɛm ri /

noun

a granular mineral substance consisting typically of corundum mixed with magnetite or hematite, used powdered, crushed, or consolidated for grinding and polishing.

Origin of emery

1475–85; < Middle French emeri, Old French esmeril < Vulgar Latin *smēriculum, equivalent to Medieval Greek smêri (for Greek smýris rubbing powder; akin to smear) + Latin -culum -cule2
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British Dictionary definitions for emeries

emery

/ (ˈɛmərɪ) /

noun

  1. a hard greyish-black mineral consisting of corundum with either magnetite or haematite: used as an abrasive and polishing agent, esp as a coating on paper, cloth, etc. Formula: Al 2 O 3
  2. (as modifier)emery paper

Word Origin for emery

C15: from Old French esmeril, ultimately from Greek smuris powder for rubbing
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