a mine yielding gold.
a source of great wealth or profit, or any desirable thing.
a copious source or reserve of something required: a gold mine of information about antiques.
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- gold note,
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- gold record
Origin of gold mine
late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75
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a place where gold ore is mined
a source of great wealth, profit, etc
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A rich, plentiful source of wealth or some other desirable thing, as in That business proved to be a gold mine, or She's a gold mine of information about the industry. [First half of 1800s]
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