- n. Plural form of precious metal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. the uncommon and highly valuable metals, esp. gold and silver.
“The young woman is hard at work, testing hearts, assaying the precious metals of the life well-lived.”
“When Dean Ralph Baldock made a visitation of St. Paul's treasury in 1295, he found thirteen Gospels adorned with precious metals and stones; some other parts of the Scriptures; and a commentary of Thomas”
“As tweed-clad British world explorer Lesley Arbuckle-Smythe notes in his volume on Delaware, Five Years in the Land of the Blue Hen: Just as the Delawarians save their ornament and their precious metals to adorn their temples, so do they show the wealth and opulence of their gods by lavishing upon them all the vowels—A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y—that are so desperately absent from the rest of the language.”
“For weeks he had consulted the gnmoires that, in the form of scrolls, tablets, books and sheets of precious metals en - graved with ancient symbols, littered his room.”
“King, I have with me in this ship aromatic drugs and cosmetics and healing powders and ointments and plasters and precious metals and rich stuffs and rugs of Yemen leather, not to be borne of mule or camel, and all manner of otters and spices and perfumes, civet and ambergris and camphor and Sumatra aloes-wood, and tamerinds333 and sparrow-olives to boot, such as are rare to find in this country.”
“The rooks were dragon-guarded keeps, with dragons twined about them, made of precious metals on one side and diamond on the other.”
“The apes entered and he after them, and he saw in the castle all manner of rarities, jewels and precious metals such as tongue faileth to describe.”
“Castle, where he was received by a multitude of beautiful damsels and pages and black Jinn-slaves, who seated him in the place of honour and stood to do him service, whilst he was lost in amazement at the goodliness of the place, and its walls all edified of precious metals and jewels of price.”
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