Finery
Finery Fin"er*y, n. 1. Fineness; beauty. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Don't choose your place of study by the finery of the prospects. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. Ornament; decoration; especially, excecially decoration; showy clothes; jewels. [1913 Webster]

Her mistress' cast-off finery. --F. W. Robertson. [1913 Webster]

3. [Cf. {Refinery}.] (Iron Works) A charcoal hearth or furnace for the conversion of cast iron into wrought iron, or into iron suitable for puddling. [1913 Webster]


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