I have two things:

  • an underground site from which resources are extracted, and
  • a proximity-triggered trap device that explodes upon triggering.

Both of these are called "mine" and I cannot afford the ambiguity. So I'm looking for distinct names for them, preferably on the short side.

  • The former is an excavation for extraction. If on land, the latter is a land mine. – Drew Sep 17 '14 at 21:01

You can just be more specific for each. A mine (first sense) is dug so that you can get something out of it, so specify what you're looking for: gold mine or coal mine, for example. A mine (second sense) can be deployed either on land or sea, so you can call that a land mine or naval mine.

  • That won't work. A "coal mine", for example, can be both an excavation digging for coal, as well as a coal-powered explosive device. I absolutely cannot use "mine" for both. – Core Xii Sep 21 '14 at 0:20

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