colorado[käl′ə rä′dō, kul′ə rad′ō]
Mountain scene in the state of Colorado.
of medium strength and color: said of cigars
Origin of coloradoSpanish red, literally , colored, past participle of colorar ; from Classical Latin colorare ; from color: see color
- Mountain State of the W U.S.: admitted, 1876; 103,718 sq mi (268,627 sq km); pop. 4,301,000; cap. Denver: abbrev. CO or Colo
- river in SW U.S., flowing from the Rocky Mts. of N Colo. southwest through Utah & along the Ariz.-Nev. & Ariz.-Calif. borders into the Gulf of California: 1,450 mi (2,333 km)
- river in Tex., flowing from the NW part southeast into the Gulf of Mexico: 840 mi (1,352 km)
Origin of Colorado; from Spanish name of the river, Río Colorado, literally , reddish-brown river
Abbr. CO or Col. or Colo.
A state of the west-central United States. It was admitted as the 38th state in 1876. First explored by the Spanish in the 16th and 17th centuries, the region was added to the United States through the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and a cession by Mexico (1848). The Colorado Territory was organized in 1861. Denver is the capital and the largest city.
- Col′o·ra′dan, Col′o·ra′do·an