ore

[ awr, ohr ]
/ ɔr, oʊr /

noun

a metal-bearing mineral or rock, or a native metal, that can be mined at a profit.
a mineral or natural product serving as a source of some nonmetallic substance, as sulfur.

Origin of ore

before 900; conflation of Middle English ore, Old English ōra ore, unreduced metal; and Middle English or(e) ore, metal, Old English ār brass, cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German ēr, Old Norse eir, Gothic aiz; compare Latin aes bronze, coin, money

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ore

oar o'er or ore

Definition for ores (2 of 2)

öre
[ œ-ruh ]
/ ˈœ rə /

noun, plural ö·re.

a bronze coin of Norway, the 100th part of a krone.
a zinc or bronze coin of Denmark, the 100th part of a krone.
a bronze coin of Sweden, the 100th part of a krona.
a fractional currency of the Faeroe Islands, the 100th part of a krona.
Also ø·re (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of öre

1600–10;Latin aureus a gold coin
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British Dictionary definitions for ores (1 of 2)

ore
/ (ɔː) /

noun

any naturally occurring mineral or aggregate of minerals from which economically important constituents, esp metals, can be extracted

Word Origin for ore

Old English ār, ōra; related to Gothic aiz, Latin aes, Dutch oer

British Dictionary definitions for ores (2 of 2)

öre
/ (ˈørə) /

noun plural öre

a Scandinavian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a Swedish krona and (øre) one hundredth of a Danish and Norwegian krone
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Science definitions for ores

ore
[ ôr ]

A naturally occurring mineral or rock from which a valuable or useful substance, especially a metal, can be extracted at a reasonable cost.
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Culture definitions for ores

ore

In geology, a mineral that contains a commercially useful material, such as gold or uranium.

notes for ore

Ore deposits are generally mined, and the ore is processed to recover the material.
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