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[fawr-tee-nahy-ner] /ˌfɔr tiˈnaɪ nər/

a person, especially a prospector, who went to California in 1849 during the gold rush.
(sometimes capital) (US, history) a prospector who took part in the California gold rush of 1849
49er. a type of dinghy, designed to be crewed by two people

Those who flocked to California in 1849 in search of gold, which had been discovered there in 1848. Reportedly, there were about eighty thousand of them.


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