- a vein containing important quantities of metallic ore and filling a well-defined fissure in the rock
- any flat deposit of valuable ore separated from the adjoining rock by definite boundaries
- any abundant or rich source
Origin of lodevariant, variety of load ( Middle English lode ; from Old English lad) retaining etymology senses “course, way”
- a. The metalliferous ore that fills a fissure in a rock formation.b. A vein of mineral ore deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock. Also called lead1.
- A rich source or supply: found a lode of important documents in the archives.
Origin of lodeMiddle English, way, load, from Old English lad, way; see leit- in Indo-European roots.
Etymologically identical with load, which has however become semantically restricted. The now-archaic lode continues the old sense of Old English lÃ¡d "way, course, journey" but by the 19th century survived only dialectally in the sense of "watercourse", as a technical term in mining, and in the compounds lodestone, lodestar.