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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