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[lohd] /loʊd/
a veinlike deposit, usually metalliferous.
any body of ore set off from adjacent rock formations.
a rich supply or source.
British. a waterway or channel.
Origin of lode
before 900; Middle English; Old English lād way, course, carrying; cognate with Old Norse leith way, route, Old High German leita procession. See load, lade, lead1
Can be confused
load, lode. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lodes
Historical Examples
  • On the find of gold in the quartzes and the metal-veins and lodes.

  • There are, however, reefs or lodes which are not persistent in depth.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • I shall now treat of preliminary mining on lodes or “reefs.”

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • About 75,000 lodes have been discovered in Colorado, and numberless placers.

    The Crest of the Continent

    Ernest Ingersoll
  • I shall now treat of preliminary mining on lodes or "reefs."

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • He found it rich in the little shaft he sank there, and that is at the point where the two lodes run into each other.

    Picked up at Sea J.C. Hutcheson
  • Mr. Burch reports a copper and silver lode, and also two lodes of gold and silver, in this neighborhood.

    A Report on Washington Territory William Henry Ruffner
  • The ore at these mines is virgin silver, occurring in lodes, and it is sometimes found in large nuggets weighing up to 200 pounds.

    The Norwegian Fjords A. Heaton Cooper
  • In the first place, shafts have to be dug forty or fifty feet deep to the lodes, where the pay dirt is found.

  • In Cornwall the ore occurs as rock in veins or lodes filling up what must once have been fissures in granite rocks.

British Dictionary definitions for lodes


a deposit of valuable ore occurring between definite limits in the surrounding rock; vein
a deposit of metallic ore filling a fissure in the surrounding rock
Word Origin
Old English lād course. Compare load
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Word Origin and History for lodes



original Middle English spelling of load (n.), and custodian of most of the original meaning of "way, course, carrying." Differentiation in sense took place 16c. Mining sense of "vein of metal ore" is from c.1600, from notion of miners "following" it through the rock.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lodes in Science
A vein of mineral ore that is deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock or that fills a fissure in a rock formation.
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