plural noun
slick·​ens | \ ˈslikənz\

Definition of slickens

1a : the thin layer of extremely fine silt sometimes deposited by flood waters of a stream
b : finely pulverized material from a quartz mill or washings of lighter earth sluiced away in hydraulic mining

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History and Etymology for slickens

probably irregular from slick finely pounded ore, from German schlich slime

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