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  1. of or relating to mineral spar.
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Origin of sparry

First recorded in 1685–95; spar3 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for sparry

Historical Examples

  • I should like to live in a sparry grot, and sleep upon a couch of sweet leaves!'


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • In cooling, one exhibits a sparry, crystalline structure, the other that of clay.

  • Its bed is rough above, and it bursts forth from its cavern in dazzling foam, and falls in one sparry sheet to the gulf.

    Pencillings by the Way

    N. Parker Willis

  • Or the mineral may have been sparry iron ore, which is readily converted into steel.

  • The compact carbonate of iron has no relation externally with the sparry variety.

British Dictionary definitions for sparry


  1. geology containing, relating to, or resembling sparsparry coal
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