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Nuurst Khotgor coal mine

EtymologyEdit

Cognate with Buryat уурхай (uurxaj, nest, mine), Kalmyk уурха (uurxa, mine, source).

Perhaps from Proto-Mongolic *huxur (grave) (Middle Mongolian هوور, Mongghul fuuri) +‎ -хай (-haj) if this reconstruction is valid, that is if given cognates don't derive from *hexür (nest), for which see үүр (üür).

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NounEdit

уурхай (uurhaj) (Mongolian spelling ᠠᠭᠤᠷᠬᠠᠢ (aɣurqai)); (regular declension)

  1. mine
    1. excavation from which ore is extracted along with buildings and equipment used by the mining crew
      ил уурхайil uurhajopencast mine
      уул уурхайн үйлдвэрuul uurhajn üjldvermining industry
    2. the site containing ore itself
  2. (figuratively) a source
  3. pit, hole

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