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

1800–10; < French < German Gang; see gang1
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Examples from the Web for gangue

Historical Examples of 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 vein stone, or gangue, is all that part of a vein that is not mineral.

    The A B C of Mining

    Charles A. Bramble

  • Fluor spar is as favorable a gangue for lead as quartz is for gold.

    The A B C of Mining

    Charles A. Bramble

  • He wants to make friends with her, that she may help him to find the gangue.

    The Princess and Curdie

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for gangue



  1. valueless and undesirable material, such as quartz in small quantities, in an ore
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Word Origin for gangue

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