ore pocket, pocket, pocket of ore, kidney, nest, nest of ore, ore bunch, bunch of ore
From Middle English bunche, bonche, of uncertain origin.
Perhaps a variant of *bunge (compare dialectal bung), from Proto-Germanic *bunkō, *bunkô, *bungǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ-, *bʰéng̑ʰus. Cognates include Saterland Frisian Bunke, West Frisian bonke, Dutch bonk, Low German Bunk, German Bunge, Danish bunke, Faroese bunki; Hittite, Tocharian B pkante ("volume, fatness"), Lithuanian búožė ("knob"), Ancient Greek παχύς ("thick"), Sanskrit बहु ("thick; much")).
Alternatively, perhaps from a variant or diminutive of bump (compare hump/hunch, lump/lunch, etc.); or from dialectal Old French bonge ("bundle") (compare French bongeau, bonjeau, bonjot), from West Flemish bondje, diminutive of West Flemish bond ("bundle").
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