To remove dross from.
Other Word Forms of Dross
Origin of Dross
From Middle English drosse, dros, from Old English drōs, an apocopated variant of Old English drōsna, drōsne (“a ground, sediment, lees, dregs, dirt, ear wax”), from Proto-Germanic *drōhsnǭ ("yeast, sediment"; compare Proto-Germanic *dragjō (“yeast”)), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrak-, *dʰrag- (“sediment, yeast”). Cognate with Scots dros, drose, drosse (“small particles, fragments, dross”), Middle Dutch droes (“dregs”), Dutch droesem (“dregs”), German Drusen (“lees, dregs”), Latin fracēs (“grounds or dregs of oil”). Related also to drast, dregs.
Middle English dros from Old English drōs dregs
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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