1595–1605; < Spanish < Late Latin deaurātus, past participle of deaurāre to gild. See de-, aurum, -ate1 Unabridged


[duh-rah-doh; for 1 also Spanish daw-rah-thaw]
noun, genitive Doradus [duh-rah-duhs] , for 2.
a city in N Puerto Rico.
the Swordfish, a small southern constellation between Volans and Horologium.

1595–1605; < Spanish; see dorado

El Dorado

[el duh-rah-doh, -rey- or, Spanish, el daw-rah-thaw for 1, 2; el duh-rey-doh for 3, 4] ,
a legendary treasure city of South America, sought by the early Spanish explorers.
any place offering great wealth.
a city in S Arkansas.
a town in S Kansas. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
dorado (dəˈrɑːdəʊ)
1.  another name for dolphin
2.  a South American river fish of the genus Salminus that resembles a salmon

Dorado (dəˈrɑːdəʊ)
n , Latin genitive Doradus
a constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Reticulum and Pictor and containing part of the Large Magellanic cloud
[C17: from Spanish, from dorar to gild, from Latin de- + -aurāre, from aurum gold]

El Dorado (ɛl dɒˈrɑːdəʊ, Spanish ɛl doˈraðo)
1.  a fabled city in South America, rich in treasure and sought by Spanish explorers in the 16th century
2.  Also: eldorado any place of great riches or fabulous opportunity
[C16: from Spanish, literally: the gilded (place)]

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El Dorado [(el duh-rah-doh)]

A place of fabulous wealth, or an opportunity to obtain it. During the gold rush many adventurers believed that California would be their El Dorado. The name comes from the name of a legendary South American city of stupendous riches sought by Spanish conquistadores.

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(Salminus maxillosus), powerful game fish of the characin family, Characidae, found in South American rivers. The dorado is golden, with red fins and with lengthwise rows of dots on its body, and superficially resembles a salmon. It reaches a length of about 1 m (39 inches) and a weight of more than 18 kg (40 pounds)

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Another fish subject to illegal fishing is the dorado.
Visitors can also try live bait fishing for giant yellowfin tuna or fly fishing for marlin, tuna, dorado or sailfish.
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