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wall rock

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noun Mining.
  1. the rock forming the walls of a vein.
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Origin of wall rock

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Historical Examples

  • In narrow lodes, some of the wall-rock must be cut away to get room for the workmen.

    Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining

    John S. Hittell


British Dictionary definitions for wall rock

wall rock

noun
  1. rock that is immediately adjacent to a mineral vein, fault, or igneous intrusion
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