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  1. a city in S Bolivia: formerly a rich silver-mining center. 13,022 feet (3970 meters) above sea level.
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Historical Examples

  • It is still probable that I shall be at Potosi next tuesday Morning.

    Old Fort Snelling

    Marcus L. Hansen

  • Potosi and Golconda put together would not purchase my assent to them.

    Past and Present

    Thomas Carlyle

  • At one time 300,000 were employed by the Potosi mines alone.

  • But little provision had been made at Potosi in the medical department.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • Next day we drove into Potosi by four o'clock in the afternoon.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

British Dictionary definitions for potosi


  1. a city in S Bolivia, at an altitude of 4066 m (13 340 ft): one of the highest cities in the world; developed with the discovery of local silver in 1545; tin mining; university (1571). Pop: 144 000 (2005 est)
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