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Bullion definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BULL'ION, n. Uncoined gold or silver in the mass. The precious metals are called bullion, when smelted and not perfectly refined,or when refined,but in bars, ingots,or in any form uncoined, as in plate.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a mass of precious metal
2: gold or silver in bars or ingots

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French billion, bullion melting house, bullion, probably blend of Middle French bille ingot, piece of money (from Old French, log) and Anglo-French *bulliun, buillun cauldron, from Old French boillon froth on boiling liquid, broth more at billet, bouillon Date: 14th century 1. a. gold or silver considered as so much metal; specifically uncoined gold or silver in bars or ingots b. metal in the mass <lead bullion> 2. lace, braid, or fringe of gold or silver threads

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a metal (esp. gold or silver) in bulk before coining, or valued by weight. Etymology: AF = mint, var. of OF bouillon ult. f. L bullire boil

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bullion Bul"lion (b[.u]l"y[u^]n), n. [Cf. OE. bullyon a hook used for fastening the dress, a button, stud, an embossed ornament of various kinds, e. g., on the cover of a book, on bridles or poitrels, for purses, for breeches and doublets, LL. bullio the swelling of boiling water, a mass of gold or silver, fr. L. bulla boss, stud, bubble (see Bull an edict), or perh. corrupted fr. F. billon base coin, LL. billio bullion. Cf. Billon, Billet a stick.] 1. Uncoined gold or silver in the mass. Note: Properly, the precious metals are called bullion, when smelted and not perfectly refined, or when refined, but in bars, ingots or in any form uncoined, as in plate. The word is often often used to denote gold and silver, both coined and uncoined, when reckoned by weight and in mass, including especially foreign, or uncurrent, coin. 2. Base or uncurrent coin. [Obs.] And those which eld's strict doom did disallow, And damm for bullion, go for current now. --Sylvester. 3. Showy metallic ornament, as of gold, silver, or copper, on bridles, saddles, etc. [Obs.] The clasps and bullions were worth a thousand pound. --Skelton. 4. Heavy twisted fringe, made of fine gold or silver wire and used for epaulets; also, any heavy twisted fringe whose cords are prominent.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Bullion is gold or silver, usually in the form of bars.

Moby Thesaurus

bar, button, cast, casting, coin gold, coin silver, copper, earth metals, gate, gold, gold dust, gold nugget, ingot, metal, metal foil, metal leaf, metalleity, metallicity, metallics, metalloid, metalware, metalwork, native metals, nickel, noble metals, nugget, pig, precious metals, rare metals, regulus, semimetal, sheet metal, silver, sow, yellow stuff


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