Origin of ArizonaAmerican Spanish from Papago Arizonac, literally , little springs
Mountain State of the SW U.S., on the Mexican border: admitted 1912: 113,635 sq mi (294,312 sq km); cap. Phoenix: abbrev. AZ or Ariz
Abbr. AZ or Ariz.
A state of the southwest United States on the Mexican border. It was admitted as the 48th state in 1912. Explored by the Spanish beginning in 1539, the area was acquired by the United States in 1848 through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Phoenix is the capital and the largest city.x
- Ar′i·zo′nan Ar′i·zo′ni·an
Unclear. From either Basque artiz ona (good oak) or O'odham alĭ ṣonak (small spring).
- He also negotiated (at the end of 1853) the sale of the Mesilla valley (now Arizona) to the United States, but the purchase money was soon dissipated.
- Among the Hopi (Moqui) of Arizona the serpent figures largely in one of the dances.
- Mearnsi of Arizona and Sonora, and C. 1.
- The builders of Casas Grandes, in Chihuahua, evidently belonged to the Pueblo tribes of Arizona and New Mexico.
- Arizona, Museum-Gates Expedition of 1901; Report U.S. National Museum, 1901; Ales.