lode

[ lohd ]
/ loʊd /

noun

a veinlike deposit, usually metalliferous.
any body of ore set off from adjacent rock formations.
a rich supply or source.
British. a waterway or channel.

Origin of lode

before 900; Middle English; Old English lād way, course, carrying; cognate with Old Norse leith way, route, Old High German leita procession. See load, lade, lead1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lode

load lode
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British Dictionary definitions for lode

lode
/ (ləʊd) /

noun

a deposit of valuable ore occurring between definite limits in the surrounding rock; vein
a deposit of metallic ore filling a fissure in the surrounding rock

Word Origin for lode

Old English lād course. Compare load
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Science definitions for lode

lode
[ lōd ]

A vein of mineral ore that is deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock or that fills a fissure in a rock formation.
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