follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

gossan

[gos-uh n, goz-] /ˈgɒs ən, ˈgɒz-/
noun
1.
a rust-colored deposit of mineral matter at the outcrop of a vein or orebody containing iron-bearing materials.
Also called iron hat.
Origin of gossan
1770-1780
1770-80; orig. dial. (Cornwall) < Cornish, derivative of gōs blood; akin to Welsh gwaed
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for gossan
Historical Examples
  • These iron-stained rocks are variously called the "gossan," the "iron capping," the "colorado," or the "eiserner Hut" (iron hat).

  • What is left is either iron oxide, “gossan,” or the oxides of the other metals.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • What is left is either iron oxide, "gossan," or the oxides of the other metals.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • The gossan does not often carry much value, though it may show traces of minerals which suggest what may be found below.

  • The ore in the gossan is very generally more valuable than it will be below, and this is especially true of gold and silver ores.

    The A B C of Mining Charles A. Bramble

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gossan

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gossan

7
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gossan