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ganguealso gang (găng)
Worthless rock or other material in which valuable minerals are found.
[French, from German Gang, lode, from Middle High German ganc, from Old High German gang, a going.]
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1. (Metallurgy) valueless and undesirable material, such as quartz in small quantities, in an ore
2. (Mining & Quarrying) valueless and undesirable material, such as quartz in small quantities, in an ore
[C19: from French gangue, from German Gang vein of metal, course; see gang1]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
rock or mineral matter of no value occurring with the metallic ore in a vein or deposit.
[1800–10; < French < German Gang; see gang1]
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Valueless minerals in ore.
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