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One who took part in the 1849 California gold rush.
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1. (Historical Terms) (sometimes capital) history US a prospector who took part in the California gold rush of 1849
2. : 49er a type of dinghy, designed to be crewed by two people
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for•ty-nin•er(ˌfɔr tiˈnaɪ nər)
a person participating in the California gold rush in 1849.
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