One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shallow inclined container in which ore is washed.
- ‘Another significant development of the mid-19th century was the introduction of round buddles, which were used to wash the fine sands and slimes.’
- ‘These are the only two circular buddles known in North America, and they represent the importation of state-of-the-art ore-processing technology from Cornwall, England, during the 1850s.’
- ‘The water is made turbid by this stirring, and carries the mud and sand and small particles of metal into the buddle below.’
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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