gangue

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Borrowing from French gangue

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gangue (countable and uncountable, plural gangues)

  1. (mining) The earthy waste substances occurring in metallic ore.
    • 1995, Paul T. Craddock, Early Metal Mining and Production, page 147:
      Thus the percentage recovery of metal from the ore was much higher than in the primitive process where the semi-vitrified gangue and half-smelted ore are typically rich in prills of copper and copper minerals.

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English gang.

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gangue m (Portugal) or f (Brazil) (plural gangues)

  1. A gang of criminals.