ironmine

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

iron +‎ mine

Noun[edit]

ironmine (plural ironmines)

  1. Alternative spelling of iron mine.
    • 1857, Thomas Powell, questioned by the Committee on Rating of Mines, Report from the Select Committee on Rating of Mines[1], page 104:
      1716. Do you work any ironmine? — I work a little; not much; I work a little mine with the coals that I am working in Glamorganshire. 1717. Your workings of ironmine are unimportant? — Yes; I have no ironmines ; I have ironmines in my coal works which I have leased, and can work to a large extent in different works.
    • 1879, John Aitken, On the Discovery of an Ancient Ironmine in Cliviger, and Some Further Remarks on the Remains of Old Bloomaries in the Neighbourhood of Todmorden[2], page 1:
      On the Discovery of an Ancient Ironmine in Cliviger, and Some Further Remarks on the Remains of Old Bloomaries in the Neighbourhood of Todmorden
    • 1889, Theophilus Noble, chapter 6, A Brief History of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers[3], page 35:
      There were three special attractions — an ironmine, an ostrich (which eats brass and iron to help its digestion !), and a leopard, the latter a compliment to the Lord Mayor, whose arms bore three leopards' heads, and whose crest was a leopard.