noun Etymology: Cornish gossen, from gōs blood Date: 1776 decomposed rock or vein material of reddish or rusty color that results from oxidized pyrites

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  • Gossan — is intensely oxidized, weathered or decomposed rock, usually the upper and exposed part of an ore deposit or mineral vein. In the classic gossan or iron cap all that remains is iron oxides and quartz often in the form of boxworks, quartz lined… …   Wikipedia

  • Gossan — Gos san, n. (Geol.) Decomposed rock, usually reddish or ferruginous (owing to oxidized pyrites), forming the upper part of a metallic vein. Called also {iron hat}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gossan — [gäs′ən, gäz′ən] n. [Cornish gossen < gos, blood < Old Cornish guit] Mining rusty iron deposits often occurring where the upper part of a vein has been weathered and oxidized …   English World dictionary

  • Gossan — This rare and interesting name is of medieval English origin and is a variant spelling of Gosson, an assimilated form of Godson, and derived form the Old English pre 7th Century godsuna , godson. In the York miracle plays Gud sonne , meaning good …   Surnames reference

  • gossan — /gos euhn, goz /, n. a rust colored deposit of mineral matter at the outcrop of a vein or orebody containing iron bearing materials. Also called iron hat. [1770 80; orig. dial. (Cornwall) < Cornish, deriv. of gos blood; akin to Welsh gwaed] * * * …   Universalium

  • gossan — [ gɒz(ə)n] noun Geology & Mining an iron containing secondary deposit of oxides, typically yellowish or reddish, occurring above an ore deposit. Origin C18: prob. of Cornish origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • gossan — gos·san …   English syllables

  • gossan — gos•san [[t]ˈgɒs ən, ˈgɒz [/t]] n. gel mir a rust colored, oxidized deposit along an exposed iron bearing vein • Etymology: 1770–80; orig. dial. (Cornwall) < Cornish, der. of gōs blood; akin to Welsh gwaed …   From formal English to slang

  • gossan — /ˈgɒsən/ (say gosuhn) noun a ferruginous deposit filling the upper parts of mineral veins or forming a superficial cover on masses of pyrite. It consists principally of hydrated oxide of iron. {British dialect (Cornish) –gossanous, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

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