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Topic: GEOLOGY

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Perhaps from English dialect nug 'block, lump'

nugget

noun
     
nug‧get [countable]
1HEG a small rough piece of a valuable metal found in the earth:
2DF a small, round piece of food:
chicken nuggets
3

nugget of information/wisdom etc

a piece of valuable information, advice etc:
It took months to extract that nugget of information from them.
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