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  • noun literally A feverish obsession to seek gold ore.
  • noun figuratively An excessive profit craving.

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  • noun greed and the contagious excitement of a gold rush


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  • I discovered there was a TV series called: "Gold Fever" -- I wonder about the roots of the phrase; it's etymology --

    The TV series described as an "Adventure, Family, Reality-TV and had a lot of material about prospecting for gold, and some 'gold rush' stories.

    January 18, 2019

  • Hubert Howe Bancroft (May 5, 1832 – March 2, 1918) was an American historian and ethnologist

    Found this quote, from around 1890's by Hubert Howe Bancroft,(May 5, 1832 – March 2, 1918) was an American historian and ethnologist writing: "A frenzy seized my soul... Piles of gold rose up before me... castles of marble, thousands of slaves... myriads of fair virgins contending with each other for my love -- were among the fancies of my fevered imagination....In short, I had a very violent attack of the gold fever. "

    January 18, 2019

  • In a PBS series about 'The West,' there was an episode called Gold Fever,

    It quoted an etymology ABOUT THE NAME OF CALIFORNIA...

    etymology from Native Americans BUT I DOUBT, WONDER IF IT'S TRUE, OR A JOKE. It said: "Prospectors liked to say that the name "California," came from a combination of the Indian word kali, which meant "gold" and fornia, which meant, "wouldn't you like some?"

    This is my essential question about this phrase: did it come from Native Americans...or were Native Americans the first to use the phrase?

    info about this Gold Fever TV episode, at:

    January 18, 2019