Dross

Definition of Dross

Pronunciation: drǒs; 115
n.1.The scum or refuse matter which is thrown off, or falls from, metals in smelting the ore, or in the process of melting; recrement.
2.Rust of metals.
3.Waste matter; any worthless matter separated from the better part; leavings; dregs; refuse.
All world's glory is but dross unclean.
- Spenser.
At the devil's booth are all things sold,
Each ounce of dross coats its ounce of gold.
- Lowell.

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