finery

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finery (countable and uncountable, plural fineries)

  1. (obsolete) Fineness; beauty.
  2. Ornament; decoration; especially, excessive decoration; showy clothes; jewels.
  3. (ironworking) A charcoal hearth or furnace for the conversion of cast iron into wrought iron, or into iron suitable for puddling.
    • 1957, H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 160:
      In front of the finery hearth in which the sow is melted down again, the finer is working with a long iron bar called a ringer (from French 'ringard') with which he keeps the molten iron in motion by stirring, an essential stage in the process of refining.

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