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lode / lōd/ • n. a vein of metal ore in the earth. ∎  [in sing.] fig. a rich source of something: a rich lode of scandal and alleged crime.

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lode †way, journey OE.; watercourse; loadstone XVI; vein of ore XVII. OE. lād LOAD, of which lode is a sp.-var. lodestar pole star, guiding star. XIV. lodestone see LOADSTONE.

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lode Mineral vein or system of veins; in Cornwall (UK) especially, refers to productive veins only.