Meaning of Damascus steel

Damas'cus steel'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. hand-wrought steel, made in various Asian countries, from parts of a bloom of heterogeneous composition, repeatedly folded over and welded and finally etched to reveal the resulting grain: used esp. for sword blades. Also called
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