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

  • n. A once thriving town, especially a boomtown of the American West, that has been completely abandoned.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A town which has become deserted, usually due to failing economic activity.
  • n. An Internet forum that lacks active users.
  • n. Figurative. An artist who lacks a fanbase.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a deserted settlement (especially in western United States)


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  • Don't forget the lovely Centralia, PA. :-(

    February 6, 2008

  • noun
    Date: 1931
    : a once-flourishing town wholly or nearly deserted usually as a result of the exhaustion of some natural resource


    Also as the result of an ecological disaster as in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York or Chernobyl

    February 6, 2008