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flatware vs. silverware

[ flat-wair ]
  1. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
  2. dishes or containers for the table that are more or less flat, as plates and saucers (distinguished from hollowware).
[ sil-ver-wair ]
  1. articles, especially eating and serving utensils, made of silver, silver-plated metals, stainless steel, etc.

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