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El Doraʹdo

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Golden illusion; a land or means of unbounded wealth. Orellaʹna, lieutenant of Pizarro, pretended he had discovered a land of gold (el dorado) between the rivers Orinoʹco and Amʹazon, in South America. Sir Walter Raleigh twice visited Guiaʹna as the spot indicated, and published a highly-coloured account of its enormous wealth. Figuratively, a source of wit, wealth, or abundance of any kind.

The real “land of gold” is California, and not Guiana. (See Balnibarbi.)        

“The whole comedy is a sort of El Dorado of wit.”—T. Moore.

El Dorado (masculine), “the gilt one,” can hardly refer to a country; it seems more likely to refer to some prince; and we are told of a prince in South America who was every day powdered with gold-dust blown through a reed. If this is admitted, no wonder those who sought a golden country were disappointed.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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