[gos-uh n, goz-]
- a rust-colored deposit of mineral matter at the outcrop of a vein or orebody containing iron-bearing materials.
Origin of gossan
1770–80; orig. dial. (Cornwall) < Cornish, derivative of gōs blood; akin to Welsh gwaed
Also called iron hat.
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Examples from the Web for gossan
What is left is either iron oxide, “gossan,” or the oxides of the other metals.
What is left is either iron oxide, "gossan," or the oxides of the other metals.
The gossan does not often carry much value, though it may show traces of minerals which suggest what may be found below.
These iron-stained rocks are variously called the "gossan," the "iron capping," the "colorado," or the "eiserner Hut" (iron hat).
The ore in the gossan is very generally more valuable than it will be below, and this is especially true of gold and silver ores.The A B C of Mining
Charles A. Bramble