colorado[käl′ə rä′dō, kul′ə rad′ō]
Origin: Sp, red, lit., colored, pp. of colorar < L colorare < 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: < Sp name of the river, Río Colorado, lit., reddish-brown river
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Abbr. CO or Col. or Colo.
- Colˌo·raˈdan, Colˌo·raˈdo·an adjective & n.