metallurgy

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From French métallurgie, from Ancient Greek μεταλλουργός (metallourgós, worker in metal), composed of μέταλλον (métallon, metal) +‎ -ουργός (-ourgós, worker) (compare ἔργον (érgon, work)).

PronunciationEdit

The /mɛˈtælədʒi/ pronunciation is the more common one in the UK and Commonwealth. The /ˈmɛtələrdʒi/ pronunciation is the more common one in the USA, and is the first-listed variant in various American dictionaries (e.g., Merriam-Webster Collegiate, American Heritage). Worldwide, both are accepted.

NounEdit

metallurgy (usually uncountable, plural metallurgies)

  1. The science of metals; their extraction from ores, purification and alloying, heat treatment, and working.

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