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[buhd-l, boo d-l] /ˈbʌd l, ˈbʊd l/ Mining.
a shallow trough in which metalliferous ore is separated from gangue by means of running water.
verb (used with object), buddled, buddling.
to wash (ore) in a buddle.
Origin of buddle
First recorded in 1525-35; of uncertain origin
Related forms
buddler, noun Unabridged
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  • What about 'im puttin' his money on that 'oss as won the buddle Stakes?

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  • It was treated by grinding in mills and concentrating upon a sort of buddle.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The lower end of the buddle is obstructed by a board, which is not as high as the sides.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The old houses around the buddle are of dark and mysterious aspect.

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  • The water is made turbid by this stirring, and carries the mud and sand and small particles of metal into the buddle below.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The particles of medium size generally settle in the middle part of the buddle, where they are arrested by interwoven fir twigs.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The mud which flows down with the water settles between the twigs and the board which closes the lower end of the buddle.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • And the interesting question arises as to whether Cornwall did not derive the stamp-mill, buddle, and strake, from the Germans.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The nature of this proposition will be best disclosed by inserting the following letter from Mr. buddle.

  • On Sunday, I went with Mr. buddle to your blower, with the single lamps furnished with small tin reflectors.

British Dictionary definitions for buddle


a sloping trough in which ore is washed
(transitive) to wash (ore) in a buddle
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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