1560–70; mine2 + -able

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mine2 (maɪn)
1.  a system of excavations made for the extraction of minerals, esp coal, ores, or precious stones
2.  any deposit of ore or minerals
3.  a lucrative source or abundant supply: she was a mine of information
4.  a device containing an explosive designed to destroy ships, vehicles, or personnel, usually laid beneath the ground or in water
5.  a tunnel or sap dug to undermine a fortification
6.  a groove or tunnel made by certain insects, esp in a leaf
7.  to dig into (the earth) for (minerals)
8.  to make (a hole, tunnel, etc) by digging or boring
9.  to place explosive mines in position below the surface of (the sea or land)
10.  to undermine (a fortification) by digging mines or saps
11.  another word for undermine
[C13: from Old French, probably of Celtic origin; compare Irish mein, Welsh mwyn ore, mine]

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Example sentences
Overburden thickness contours delineate areas of uniform overburden thickness across the mineable portions of the area.
When a likely claim was located, they used diamond drills to core test holes to determine if mineable ore was present.
Additionally the coal resources are potentially mineable, as indicated some of these coal resources have been mined previously.
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