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buddle

[buhd-l, boo d-l]Mining.
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noun
  1. a shallow trough in which metalliferous ore is separated from gangue by means of running water.
verb (used with object), bud·dled, bud·dling.
  1. to wash (ore) in a buddle.

Origin of buddle

First recorded in 1525–35; of uncertain origin
Related formsbud·dler, noun
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Examples from the Web for buddle

Historical Examples

  • What about 'im puttin' his money on that 'oss as won the Buddle Stakes?

    All Men are Ghosts

    L. P. Jacks

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for buddle

buddle

noun
  1. a sloping trough in which ore is washed
verb
  1. (tr) to wash (ore) in a buddle

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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