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[oh-puh n-kuht] /ˈoʊ pənˌkʌt/
adjective, Mining.
1.
noting or pertaining to a type of surface mining in which coal and other flat-lying mineral deposits are removed by the excavation of long, narrow trenches.
Origin of open-cut
1880-1885
1880-85
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