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Klondike

[klon-dahyk]
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noun
  1. a region of the Yukon territory in NW Canada: gold rush 1897–98.
  2. a river in this region, flowing into the Yukon. 90 miles (145 km) long.
  3. (lowercase) Cards. a variety of solitaire.
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Historical Examples of klondike

  • With him came the first bull-dog that had ever entered the Klondike.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Different from the Mackenzie toboggans were the Klondike sleds with runners under them.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • And here, in the Klondike, the leader was indeed the leader.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • There then entered, somewhat to my uneasiness, the Klondike woman and her party.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It was the Klondike person, radiant in the costume of black and the black hat.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for klondike

Klondike

noun
  1. a region of NW Canada, in the Yukon in the basin of the Klondike River: site of rich gold deposits, discovered in 1896 but largely exhausted by 1910. Area: about 2100 sq km (800 sq miles)
  2. a river in NW Canada, rising in the Yukon and flowing west to the Yukon River. Length: about 145 km (90 miles)
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Word Origin and History for klondike

Klondike

tributary of the Yukon River in northwestern Canada, from Kutchin (Athabaskan) throndiuk, said to mean "hammer-water" and to be a reference to the practice of driving stakes into the riverbed to support fish traps. Scene of a gold rush after 1896.

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