lode n : a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks [syn: load]
EtymologyGraphical variant of load, now restricted to certain specific senses.
- Rhymes: -əʊd
In geology a lode is the metalliferous ore that fills a fissure in a rock or a vein of ore deposited between layers of rock.
Eldorado, Golconda, bonanza, chimney, chute, cornucopia, country rock, deposit, dike, font, fount, fountain, gangue, gold mine, gravy train, lodestuff, matrix, mine, mine of wealth, mineral deposit, mother lode, ore bed, pay dirt, quarry, resource, rich lode, rich uncle, shoot, source, source of supply, spring, staple, stock, vein, well, wellspring