Definition of ferrous in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfɛrəs


  • 1(Chiefly of metals) containing or consisting of iron.
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    • Except for aluminium and ferrous metal such as steel, the prices for most recyclable materials rests at the bottom of their historical ranges.
    • Good markets for ferrous metals, as well as copper and brass, have existed for years.
    • Anglo American is also involved in mining gold, diamonds, coal and ferrous metal but platinum accounts for 12% of its total revenues and 20% of its income.
  • 2 Chemistry Of iron with a valency of two; of iron(II). Compare with ferric.
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    • The ability of wetland plants to flourish in environments with high Fe concentrations has been attributed to the oxidation of soluble ferrous iron to insoluble ferric iron in the rhizosphere.
    • Within the body iron exist in two oxidation states: ferrous or ferric.
    • The color due to ferric iron is yellow, not green, and ferric iron is not driven off but rather is reduced in oxidation state to ferrous iron.


mid 19th century: from Latin ferrum 'iron' + -ous.

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