Lode



[lohd] /loʊd/

noun
1.
a veinlike deposit, usually metalliferous.
2.
any body of ore set off from adjacent rock formations.
3.
a rich supply or source.
4.
British. a waterway or channel.
/ləʊd/
noun
1.
a deposit of valuable ore occurring between definite limits in the surrounding rock; vein
2.
a deposit of metallic ore filling a fissure in the surrounding rock
n.

original Middle English spelling of load (n.), and custodian of most of the original meaning of “way, course, carrying.” Differentiation in sense took place 16c. Mining sense of “vein of metal ore” is from c.1600, from notion of miners “following” it through the rock.
lode
(lōd)
A vein of mineral ore that is deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock or that fills a fissure in a rock formation.

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