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noun, plural ö·re.
  1. a bronze coin of Norway, the 100th part of a krone.
  2. a zinc or bronze coin of Denmark, the 100th part of a krone.
  3. a bronze coin of Sweden, the 100th part of a krona.
  4. a fractional currency of the Faeroe Islands, the 100th part of a krona.
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Also ø·re (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of öre

1600–10;Latin aureus a gold coin
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British Dictionary definitions for öre


noun plural öre
  1. a Scandinavian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a Swedish krona and (øre) one hundredth of a Danish and Norwegian krone
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  1. any naturally occurring mineral or aggregate of minerals from which economically important constituents, esp metals, can be extracted
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Word Origin

Old English ār, ōra; related to Gothic aiz, Latin aes, Dutch oer
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Word Origin and History for öre



12c., merger of Old English ora "ore, unworked metal" (related to ear "earth," cognate with Low German ur "iron-containing ore," Dutch oer, Old Norse aurr "gravel"); and Old English ar "brass, copper, bronze," from Proto-Germanic *ajiz- (cf. Old Norse eir "brass, copper," German ehern "brazen," Gothic aiz "bronze"), from PIE *aus- "gold" (see aureate). The two words were not fully assimilated till 17c.; what emerged has the form of ar but the meaning of ora.

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öre in Science


  1. A naturally occurring mineral or rock from which a valuable or useful substance, especially a metal, can be extracted at a reasonable cost.
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öre in Culture


In geology, a mineral that contains a commercially useful material, such as gold or uranium.

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Ore deposits are generally mined, and the ore is processed to recover the material.
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