gangue

[gang]
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noun

rock or mineral matter of no value occurring with the metallic ore in a vein or deposit.

Nearby words

  1. gangsta rap,
  2. gangster,
  3. gangster chic,
  4. gangsterism,
  5. gangtok,
  6. gangway,
  7. ganister,
  8. ganja,
  9. gank,
  10. gannet

Origin of gangue

1800–10; < French < German Gang; see gang1

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British Dictionary definitions for gangue

gangue

gang

noun

valueless and undesirable material, such as quartz in small quantities, in an ore

Word Origin for gangue

C19: from French gangue, from German Gang vein of metal, course; see gang 1

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