adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or being a metal b. made of or containing a metal c. having properties of a metal 2. yielding metal 3. resembling metal: as a. having iridescent and reflective properties <
metallic paint
b. having an acrid quality like that of metal <
the tea has a metallic taste
4. a. having a harsh resonance ; grating <
a metallic voice
b. having an impersonal or mechanical quality <
a metallic smile
metallically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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