El Dorado


El Do·ra·do

noun \ˌel-də-ˈrä-(ˌ)dō, -ˈrā-\

Definition of EL DORADO

1
:  a city or country of fabulous riches held by 16th century explorers to exist in South America
2
:  a place of fabulous wealth or opportunity

Origin of EL DORADO

Spanish, literally, the gilded one
First Known Use: 1596

Rhymes with EL DORADO

El Dorado

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(Spanish: “The Golden”) Legendary golden city sought by Spanish explorers in the New World. It was the fabulously wealthy land of a king who was said to have been covered with gold dust so many times that he was permanently gilded. Many Spanish and English expeditions in the Americas were sent in search of El Dorado. In 1540 Francisco Vazquez de Coronado ventured as far north as Kansas seeking the Seven Golden Cities of Cibola. Walter Raleigh searched for El Dorado in vain in South America, leading an expedition up the Orinoco River in 1595.

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