dross

Part of speech: noun

Impurity in melted metal; slag; cinders; refuse.

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Usage examples "dross":

  1. We rightly love the immortal part of them; the fire has burned up the dross and left pure gold. - "Friendship", Hugh Black.
  2. On these moss- beds let me lie with Pan, Twined with the ivy- vine in tendrill'd curls, And I will hold all gold, that hampers man, Only the ashes of base, barren dross! - "The Air Trust", George Allan England.
  3. It's nothing, sir; it's dross, it's dirt, compared to my wife's diamond pin! - "Blind Love", Wilkie Collins.