enamel

[ ih-nam-uh l ]
/ ɪˈnæm əl /

noun

verb (used with object), e·nam·eled, e·nam·el·ing or (especially British) e·nam·elled, e·nam·el·ling.

Origin of enamel

1275–1325; Middle English enamelen < Anglo-French enameler, enamailler, equivalent to en- en-1 + -amaler, derivative of asmal, esmal enamel, Old French esmail (-al taken as the suffix -ail) < Old Low Franconian *smalt- something melted, cognate with German Schmalz fat; akin to smelt1; cf. smalto

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British Dictionary definitions for enamel

enamel

/ (ɪˈnæməl) /

noun


verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)

Derived Forms

enameller, enamellist, US enameler or enamelist, nounenamelwork, noun

Word Origin for enamel

C15: from Old French esmail, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German smalz lard; see smelt 1
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Medicine definitions for enamel

enamel

[ ĭ-năməl ]

n.

The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.

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Science definitions for enamel

enamel

[ ĭ-năməl ]

The hard, translucent substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth in mammals. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, and consists mostly of calcium salts.

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Culture definitions for enamel

enamel

The hard, white substance that covers the crown of a tooth.


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