(dialectal) A watercourse.
Other Word Forms of Lode
Origin of Lode
Etymologically identical with load, which has however become semantically restricted. The now-archaic lode continues the old sense of Old English lád "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.
Middle English way, load from Old English lād way leit- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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