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lode

[lohd] /loʊd/
noun
1.
a veinlike deposit, usually metalliferous.
2.
any body of ore set off from adjacent rock formations.
3.
a rich supply or source.
4.
British. a waterway or channel.
Origin of lode
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English lād way, course, carrying; cognate with Old Norse leith way, route, Old High German leita procession. See load, lade, lead1
Can be confused
load, lode.
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lode

/ləʊd/
noun
1.
a deposit of valuable ore occurring between definite limits in the surrounding rock; vein
2.
a deposit of metallic ore filling a fissure in the surrounding rock
Word Origin
Old English lād course. Compare load
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Word Origin and History for lode
n.

original Middle English spelling of load (n.), and custodian of most of the original meaning of "way, course, carrying." Differentiation in sense took place 16c. Mining sense of "vein of metal ore" is from c.1600, from notion of miners "following" it through the rock.

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lode
  (lōd)   
A vein of mineral ore that is deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock or that fills a fissure in a rock formation.
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