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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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