from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A crudely built camp put up usually on the edge of a town to house the dispossessed and destitute during the depression of the 1930s.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many shantytowns established by the homeless in the United States in the Great Depression of the early twentieth century.


After Herbert Clark Hoover.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Herbert Hoover + -ville. (Wiktionary)


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