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A form of highly refractive lead glass used for making imitation gems.
Made of strass; decorated with stones or crystals of strass.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Magazine. From French strass from the name of Georg Friedrich Strass (also spelt Stras; 1701–73), a jeweller from Strasbourg and supplier to King Louis of France from 1734, who invented this form of glass 1730.
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