dross

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English drosse, dros, from Old English drōs, an apocopated variant of Old English drōsna, drōsne (a ground, sediment, lees, dregs, dirt, ear wax), from Proto-Germanic *drōhsnǭ ("yeast, sediment"; compare Proto-Germanic *dragjō (yeast)), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrak-, *dʰrag- (sediment, yeast). Cognate with Scots dros, drose, drosse (small particles, fragments, dross), Middle Dutch droes (dregs), Dutch droesem (dregs), German Drusen (lees, dregs), Latin fracēs (grounds or dregs of oil). Related also to drast, dregs.

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Noun[edit]

dross (plural drosses)

  1. Waste or impure matter
  2. Worthless or trivial matter
  3. Residue that forms on the surface of a metal from oxidation
  4. The impurities in metal
  5. A waste product from working with metal

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Verb[edit]

dross (third-person singular simple present drosses, present participle drossing, simple past and past participle drossed)

  1. (transitive) To remove dross from.

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Adjective[edit]

dross (def. drosais, comp. drosāks, sup. visdrosākais; adv. drosi)

  1. (dialectal) brave, safe, sure; Alternative form of drošs

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