lode
Pronunciation Noun

lode (plural lodes)

  1. (obsolete) A way or path; a road.
  2. (dialectal) A watercourse.
  3. (mining) A vein of metallic ore that lies within definite boundaries, or within a fissure.
    • 1967, Henry C. Berg, Edward Huntington Cobb, Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska, page 14 ↗:
      The metals traditionally sought in the Bristol Bay region have been gold and copper, mostly in deposits near Lake Iliamna. An exception is a gold lode discovered about 1930 near Sleitat Mountain (4), where about $200 in gold was recovered from small quartz veins near the periphery of a small granitic intrusive body.
  4. (by extension) A rich source of supply.
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