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A ruined city of south-central India west of Hyderabad. Capital of an ancient kingdom (c. 1364-1512), it was later one of the five Muslim kingdoms of the Deccan until its capture by Aurangzeb's forces in 1687. Golconda was once known for the diamonds found nearby and cut in the city.


1. (Placename) a ruined town and fortress in S central India, in W Andhra Pradesh near Hyderabad city: capital of one of the five Muslim kingdoms of the Deccan from 1512 to 1687, then annexed to the Mogul empire; renowned for its diamonds
2. (sometimes not capital) a source of wealth or riches, esp a mine


(gɒlˈkɒn də)

1. a ruined city in S India, near Hyderabad.
2. (often l.c.) a rich mine or other source of great wealth.
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Noun1.Golconda - a source of great wealth (especially a mine)
source - a facility where something is available
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Her delicately formed ears, her vermilion hands, her little feet, curved and tender as the lotus-bud, glitter with the brilliancy of the loveliest pearls of Ceylon, the most dazzling diamonds of Golconda.
Night came on; the train passed on at full speed, in the midst of the roaring of the tigers, bears, and wolves which fled before the locomotive; and the marvels of Bengal, Golconda ruined Gour, Murshedabad, the ancient capital, Burdwan, Hugly, and the French town of Chandernagor, where Passepartout would have been proud to see his country's flag flying, were hidden from their view in the darkness.
So they were roaming about the world seeking and searching for this beauty, and, after having successively rejected the Queen of Golconda, the Princess of Trebizonde, the daughter of the Grand Khan of Tartary, etc.
O'Dowd's large Cairngorm brooch and superb Irish diamonds, and wouldn't believe that they were not from Golconda direct.
I admire this mercenary young person distantly related to myself, more in this dress than if she had come to me in China silks, Cashmere shawls, and Golconda diamonds.
Each word that fell from his companion's lips seemed fraught with the mysteries of science, as worthy of digging out as the gold and diamonds in the mines of Guzerat and Golconda, which he could just recollect having visited during a voyage made in his earliest youth.
Were all the jewels of Golconda awaiting me upon my solution of this enigma, I am quite sure that I should be unable to earn them.
He is haunted by the vast shadow of a past without historians -- a past that is legendary, unmapped and unbounded, and yields, therefore, Golcondas and golden lands innumerable to its bold adventurers.
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LAHORE: The Golconda Kingdom was particularly famous for its diamonds all over the world and was well known as the Country of Diamonds as stated by Thevenot, one of the three famous Frenchmen (the other two being Bernier and Tavernier) who travelled to India in the middle of the 17th century AD and described the Indian diamonds in their travel accounts (Oaten, 1973).
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Summary: Hyderabad (Telangana)[India], June 18 (ANI): Personnel from the Commissioner's Task Force, West Zone team, in a joint operation with Golconda Police, apprehended a Cameroon national who was in possession of cocaine and heroin drugs.