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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Metallurgy \Met"al*lur`gy\, n. [F. m['e]tallurgie, fr. L. metallum metal, Gr. ? a mine + the root of ? work. See Metal, and Work.] The art of working metals, comprehending the whole process of separating them from other matters in the ore, smelting, refining, and parting them; sometimes, in a narrower sense, only the process of extracting metals from their ores. [1913 Webster]