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lode

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Pronunciation: /ləʊd
 
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Definition of lode in English:

noun

1A vein of metal ore in the earth: the tin oxide was very thinly scattered within the lode
More example sentences
  • The rock layers surrounding coal lodes were penetrated and separated by drillers and explosives.
  • Mineralogically, the conglomerate lodes have produced many superb specimens, although they contain fewer mineral species than the fissure veins and amygdaloidal lodes.
  • Porcelaneous datolite occurred in the amygdaloidal lodes as veins, vesicle filling, and nodules.
1.1A rich source of something: a rich lode of scandal and alleged crime
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  • His research is such a rich lode that I intend to return to ancient Indian science in a future column.
  • Marketing samples, for example, can be rich lodes of new failure types because these units are often the first to leave the engineering lab.
  • Soil and sea yield unknown lodes of useful microbes

Origin

Old English lād 'way, course', variant of load. The term denoted a watercourse in late Middle English and a lodestone in the early 16th century The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

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