[ awr, ohr ]
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  1. a metal-bearing mineral or rock, or a native metal, that can be mined at a profit.

  2. a mineral or natural product serving as a source of some nonmetallic substance, as sulfur.

Origin of ore

before 900; conflation of Middle English ore,Old English ōra ore, unreduced metal; and Middle English or(e) ore, metal, Old English ār brass, cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German ēr,Old Norse eir,Gothic aiz; compare Latin aes bronze, coin, money

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Other definitions for öre (2 of 3)

[ œ-ruh ]

noun,plural ö·re.
  1. a bronze coin of Norway, one 100th of a krone.

  2. a zinc or bronze coin of Denmark, one 100th of a krone.

  1. a bronze coin of Sweden, one 100th of a krona.

  2. a fractional currency of the Faeroe Islands, one 100th of a krona.

Origin of öre

First recorded in 1600–10; ultimately from Latin aureus “a gold coin of ancient Rome”; see aureus
  • Also ø·re (for defs. 1, 2) .

Other definitions for Ore. (3 of 3)


  1. Oregon.

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British Dictionary definitions for ore (1 of 2)


/ (ɔː) /

  1. any naturally occurring mineral or aggregate of minerals from which economically important constituents, esp metals, can be extracted

Origin of ore

Old English ār, ōra; related to Gothic aiz, Latin aes, Dutch oer

British Dictionary definitions for öre (2 of 2)


/ (ˈørə) /

nounplural 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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Scientific definitions for ore


[ ôr ]

  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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Cultural definitions for ore


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

Notes for ore

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

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