[ buhd-l, boo d-l ]
/ ˈbʌd l, ˈbʊd l /


a shallow trough in which metalliferous ore is separated from gangue by means of running water.

verb (used with object), bud·dled, bud·dling.

to wash (ore) in a buddle.

Origin of buddle

First recorded in 1525–35; of uncertain origin

Related forms

bud·dler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for buddle


/ (ˈbʌdəl) /


a sloping trough in which ore is washed


(tr) to wash (ore) in a buddle

Word Origin for buddle

C16: of unknown origin
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