Etymology
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prospector (n.)

also prospecter, 1846 in the mining sense of "one who searches for valuable minerals or ores as a preliminary to regular operations;" agent noun from prospect (v.).

updated on December 16, 2020

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Definitions of prospector from WordNet

prospector (n.)
someone who explores an area for mineral deposits;
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