a dark, impure, coarse variety of corundum used for grinding, polishing, etc.
Origin of emeryFrench émeri from Old French emeril from Italian smeriglio from Medieval Greek smeri, for Classical Greek smyris, emery from Indo-European base an unverified form smer-, smear
A fine-grained impure corundum used for grinding and polishing.
Origin of emeryMiddle English from Old French emeri, emeril from Late Latin smericulum from Greek smuris, smiris perhaps akin to smēn to wipe, cleanse ( of unknown origin ) or to Hebrew šāmîr a kind of very hard substance (possibly corundum)
From French émeri, from Old French esmeril, from Late Latin smericulum, from Ancient Greek σμῆρις (smēris, “powder used for polishing”) (alternative spelling: σμύρις (smuris)).