Metallic things are either made out of metal or look like they are. Your metallic party dress might be covered in sparkly silver sequins. Yowza!

A metallic bicycle might be unpainted chrome — made of metal, in other words. Your metallic nail polish only resembles metal, glinting and shining gold. It's also possible to taste something that reminds you of metal and get a lingering metallic taste in your mouth. Metallic comes from metal, and both are rooted in the Greek metallon, "metal or ore."

Definitions of metallic

adj containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal

“a metallic compound”
metallic luster”
“"the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades"- Ambrose Bierce”
consisting completely of metal
containing alum or aluminum
containing antimony
containing or yielding silver
auriferous, gold-bearing
containing gold
bimetal, bimetallic
formed of two different metals or alloys; especially in sheets bonded together
made from or consisting of bronze
gilded, gold, golden
made from or covered with gold
metal-looking, metallic-looking, metallike
resembling metal
made from or largely consisting of silver
thin and metallic in sound; lacking resonance
nonmetal, nonmetallic
not containing or resembling or characteristic of a metal
of or being a nonmetallic element that has some of the properties of metal
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n a yarn made partly or entirely of metal

Type of:
thread, yarn
a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

n a fabric made of a yarn that is partly or entirely of metal

Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

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