Met"al*lur`gy (?), n. [F. m'etallurgie, fr. L. metallum metal, Gr. a mine + the root of work. See Metal, and Work.]

The art of working metals, comprehending the whole process of separating them from other matters in the ore, smelting, refining, and parting them; sometimes, in a narrower sense, only the process of extracting metals from their ores.


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