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Apr 18, 2001
This week's theme
Words formed by metathesis or transposing letters

This week's words
scart
prad
bort
gride
scrimmage

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bort

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bort (bort) noun

Poor-quality diamond, or diamond fragment, used as an industrial abrasive, as in grinding wheel.

[Possibly metathetic variation of brot, from Old English gebrot, fragment.]

"Steve Issod ... estimated that 5 percent of the company's production is larger diamonds, with some over 20 carats and some fancy colors; 20-25 percent gem quality; 60 percent near-gem quality; and the remainder bort utilized for industrial purposes."
Juina Mining Corp. Will Begin Operation of Its Diamond Mining Facility; Business Wire (New York); Mar 5, 1999.

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