Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small cavity in a rock or vein, often with a mineral lining of different composition from that of the surrounding rock.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mining, a cavity; a hollow in a rock or in a lode. Vug is the miners' name for that which geologists more generally call a geode. See geode. Also called tick-hole, vooga-hole.

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  • noun A small to medium-sized cavity inside rock that may be formed through a variety of processes.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Cornish vooga.]

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From Cornish vooga ("cave"). Compare fogou.

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  • A small unfilled cavity in a lode or in rock.

    May 11, 2008

  • A borrowing into English via Cornish tin miners. Cornish vooga meant "cave". Less commonly spelled vugg or vugh.

    January 2, 2009

  • The Cornish are proud of what they have dug.

    About holes they can be insufferably smug.

    Where a Vectian bloke

    May dig but a doke

    A Cornishman might uncover a vug.

    July 5, 2014

  • (noun) - (1) A cavity in a rock; a cave, a hollow; adaptation of Cornish mining term vooga; hence, vuggy, full of cavities. --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1928 (2) Vughy rock, a stratum of cellular structure, or one containing many cavities. --William Gresley's Glossary of Terms Used in Coal Mining, 1883

    April 23, 2018