intransitive verb

variants or costeen
: to dig trenches or small pits through the surface soil or debris to the underlying rock in place for the purpose of exposing the outcrop of a mineral deposit and determining its course

Word History


from (assumed) Cornish costēn, probably from codha to fall, happen + stēn tin; akin to Old Norse hitta to hit, find

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“Costean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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