- rock or mineral matter of no value occurring with the metallic ore in a vein or deposit.
Origin of gangue
1800–10; < French < German Gang; see gang1
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Examples from the Web for gangue
This gangue is dug out and broken up as in mines of other metals.Diggers in the Earth
Eva March Tappan
The gangue is mainly fine-grained quartz or jasperoid, and barite.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
The vein stone, or gangue, is all that part of a vein that is not mineral.
Fluor spar is as favorable a gangue for lead as quartz is for gold.
He wants to make friends with her, that she may help him to find the gangue.The Princess and Curdie
- valueless and undesirable material, such as quartz in small quantities, in an ore
C19: from French gangue, from German Gang vein of metal, course; see gang 1
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