Veinstone

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Veinstone (Mining) The valueless nonmetalliferous mineral or rock material which surrounds the ores in a vein, as quartz, calcite, barite, fluor spar, etc.; gangue; matrix; -- called also veinstuff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n veinstone The earthy or nonmetalliferous part of a lode, vein, or ore-deposit. See gangue.
    • n veinstone A concretion formed within a vein; a phlebolite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Veinstone the earthy part of a lode
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. veine—L. vena, perh. from vehĕre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

A huge mass of the veinstone holding abundance of this mineral is exposed, whence it may be plentifully obtained in excellent crystals.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 415, December 15, 1883" by Various
Very often displacement of the walls again takes place, and the infilling or "veinstone" is torn apart and brecciated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
Occasionally the metallic ores are disseminated in detached masses among the veinstones.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
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