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precious metal (plural precious metals)
- A rare metallic chemical element of high economic value, such as gold and platinum.
- 2021 February 9, Hiroko Tabuchi, “Thieves Nationwide Are Slithering Under Cars, Swiping Catalytic Converters”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- The reason for the ruckus: A thief in the night had made off with the car’s catalytic converter, a critical emissions-control device that contains precious metals more valuable than gold.
metallic element with high economic value