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[gol-kon-duh] /gɒlˈkɒn də/
a ruined city in S India, near the modern city of Hyderabad: capital of a former Muslim kingdom; famous for its diamond cutting.
(often lowercase) a rich mine or other source of great wealth. Unabridged
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  • Their invasions dreadful, ib.Tavernier, his account of the diamond mines of Golconda and Visiapour, 73.

  • To adorn itself like this, in what Golconda does the insect gather its gems?

  • This other one, from the mines of Golconda, weighs three and a half carats and is worth over seventy thousand.

    The Reign of Greed Jose Rizal
  • Golconda: a place near Hyderabad, India, noted for its diamonds.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • But these are gems of Golconda, which I wish you to realise and expend for his service.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • So we decided to go back to the Golconda and have some dinner first.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You may 'a' heerd I bought Golconda a few weeks ago, an' I'm goin' t' mine there this season.

    Baldy of Nome Esther Birdsall Darling
  • The Persians have a strange story of the Golconda diamond mines.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
  • But come, don't be downhearted; there's a little more gold yet in Golconda; I have a guinea or two left.

    Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville
  • You can't repay such a friend—all the mines of Golconda couldn't do it!

British Dictionary definitions for Golconda


a ruined town and fortress in S central India, in W Andhra Pradesh near Hyderabad city: capital of one of the five Muslim kingdoms of the Deccan from 1512 to 1687, then annexed to the Mogul empire; renowned for its diamonds
(sometimes not capital) a source of wealth or riches, esp a mine
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