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

  • n. An unsuccessful venture, especially an exploratory oil well that produces no oil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hole drilled into the ground for oil or gas exploration which fails to yield enough oil or gas to justify the establishment of a well.


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