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variant of : ferroconcrete. In chemical terminology, the meanings of and are specialized to correspond to ferric and ferrous.
combining form
indicating a property of iron or the presence of iron: ferromagnetism, ferromanganese
indicating the presence of iron in the divalent state: ferrocyanide Compare ferri-

before vowels ferr-, word-forming element indicating the presence of iron, from Latin ferro-, comb. form of ferrum “iron,” possibly of Semitic origin, via Etruscan [Klein].

ferro- or ferr-


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