Precious metals
Precious Pre"cious, a. [OF. precious, precius, precios, F. pr['e]cieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See {Price}.] 1. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. ``The precious bane.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections. [1913 Webster]

She is more precious than rules. --Prov. iii. 15. [1913 Webster]

Many things which are most precious are neglected only because the value of them lieth hid. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

Note: Also used ironically; as, a precious rascal. [1913 Webster]

3. Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf. {Pr['e]cieuse}, {Preciosity}. [1913 Webster]

Lest that precious folk be with me wroth. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Elaborate embroidery of precious language. --Saintsbury. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Precious metals}, the uncommon and highly valuable metals, esp. gold and silver.

{Precious stones}, gems; jewels. [1913 Webster]


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