Jamaica meaning

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A particular country in the Caribbean.
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An island country in the Caribbean Sea south of Cuba. Originally inhabited by Arawaks, it was visited by Columbus in 1494 and settled by the Spanish in 1509. The British captured the island in 1655, and it was formally ceded to Great Britain in 1670, becoming a crown colony in 1866. Jamaica became independent in 1962. Kingston is the capital and the largest city.
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The island comprising most of that country.
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(place) Country on an island in the West Indies, south of Cuba: a former colony, it became independent & a member of the Commonwealth (1962): 4,244 sq mi (10,991 sq km); cap. Kingston.
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Jamaica Plain, Boston, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
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Jamaica, Vermont, a town in Vermont.
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Jamaica, Queens, a neighborhood in Queens, New York City.
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Origin of jamaica

  • Originally Jameco, from the Lenape word for “beaver”. Compare previous etymology.

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  • After Kuchamakin, a Massachusett leader; from Massachusett.

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  • From the Massachusett word for “beaver”. Compare next etymology.

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  • From Taino Xaymaca (“land of wood and water”).

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  • From Spanish

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