gangue

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noun \ˈgaŋ\

Definition of gangue

  1. :  the worthless rock or vein matter in which valuable metals or minerals occur

Origin and Etymology of gangue

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from German Gang “walk, course, passageway, mineral vein or seam,” going back to Old High German gang “walk, course” — more at 2gang


First Known Use: 1809


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