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El Dorado

[el duh-rah-doh, -rey- or, Spanish, el daw-rah-th aw for 1, 2; el duh-rey-doh for 3, 4] /ˌɛl dəˈrɑ doʊ, -ˈreɪ- or, Spanish, ɛl dɔˈrɑ ðɔ for 1, 2; ˌɛl dəˈreɪ doʊ for 3, 4/
noun
1.
a legendary treasure city of South America, sought by the early Spanish explorers.
2.
any place offering great wealth.
3.
a city in S Arkansas.
4.
a town in S Kansas.
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British Dictionary definitions for El Dorado

El Dorado

/ɛl dɒˈrɑːdəʊ; Spanish ɛl doˈraðo/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, literally: the gilded (place)
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El Dorado in Culture
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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Encyclopedia Article for El Dorado

city, seat (1843) of Union county, southern Arkansas, U.S., 100 miles (160 km) south of Little Rock. The site was selected in 1843 by county commissioners Robert Black, John Hampton, and Green Newton, who were instructed to locate centrally the county seat. Its Spanish name (meaning "place of riches") was supposedly given by Matthew Rainey, a storekeeper and the town's first settler. Lumber and cotton were the basic products before oil was discovered in 1921 in the Busey Well, resulting in an economic boom. Oil production and refining, petrochemicals, poultry products, financial services, and timber are now major industries. Conservation methods pioneered in the nearby Shuler Field have been adopted nationwide by the oil industry.

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