Gangue meaning

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The definition of gangue is worthless rock or mineral in which valuable minerals are found.

An example of gangue is the rock surrounding a deposit of gold.

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Worthless rock or other material in which valuable minerals are found.
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The commercially worthless mineral matter associated with economically valuable metallic minerals in a deposit.
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(mining) The earthy waste substances occurring in metallic ore.
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Origin of gangue

  • French from German Gang lode from Middle High German ganc from Old High German gang a going

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French gangue

    From Wiktionary