- somewhat or imperfectly metallic.
Origin of submetallic
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Diallage, an altered form of the mineral augite, with a lamellar structure, and a submetallic lustre on its planes of separation.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
The colour is dark steel-grey to iron-black, and the lustre brilliant and submetallic: the streak is dark reddish-brown.