open-pit

[oh-puhn-pit]
adjective Mining.
noting or pertaining to a type of surface mining in which massive, usually metallic mineral deposits are removed by cutting benches in the walls of a broad, deep funnel-shaped excavation.

Origin:
1910–15

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One would think that open-pit coal mining would destroy fossils.
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