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1The action of prospecting for gold or diamonds near a river or stream, or in a riverbed.
2In plural A gold or diamond digging situated in such a place.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in New York Journal of Commerce. From river + digging.
river digging/ˈrɪvə ˌdɪɡɪŋ/
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