Definition of emery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

emery

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈeməri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeməri//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a hard mineral used especially in powder form for polishing things and making them smooth Word Origin late 15th cent.: from French émeri, from Old French esmeri, from Italian smeriglio, based on Greek smuris, smiris ‘polishing powder’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: emery

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