stockwork

noun

Definition of stockwork

  1. 1 :  a system of working in ore when it lies not in strata or veins but in solid masses so as to be worked in chambers or stories

  2. 2 :  a body or tract of rock so charged with veinlets, nests, or impregnations of ore and especially tin ore that it can be profitably mined

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Origin and Etymology of stockwork

partial translation of German stockwerk, from stock stick, stump, trunk of a tree (from Old High German stoc) + werk work — more at stock


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