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gangue

[gang] /gæŋ/
noun
1.
rock or mineral matter of no value occurring with the metallic ore in a vein or deposit.
Origin of gangue
1800-1810
1800-10; < French < German Gang; see gang1
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gangue

/ɡæŋ/
noun
1.
valueless and undesirable material, such as quartz in small quantities, in an ore
Word Origin
C19: from French gangue, from German Gang vein of metal, course; see gang1
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