Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In mining, the refuse ore, or that from which the best part has been selected. Halvans may be subjected to further culling; and, when this is done, the ore thus obtained is called
halvan-ore. In general, the word is a synonym of attle. [Not much used in the United States.]
- n. an impure or dirty ore
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mining) Impure ore; dirty ore.
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