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1. Poorly crystallized diamonds used for industrial cutting and abrasion.
2. A carbonado.
[Probably from Dutch boort, tiny waste diamond pieces produced in the gem cutting process, bort , probably from Old French bourt, bastard, from Late Latin burdus, hinny, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Burdō and Burdōnus, ancient Celtic masculine personal names derived from a word for a donkey or mule, animals admired for their robustness.]
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(Elements & Compounds) an inferior grade of diamond used for cutting and drilling or, in powdered form, as an industrial abrasive
[Old English gebrot fragment; related to Old Norse brot piece, Old High German broz bud]
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low-quality diamond, in granular aggregate or small fragments, valuable only in crushed or powdered form as an abrasive.
[1615–25; appar. metathetic variant of *brot (Old English gebrot fragment)]
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