Etymology
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Appalachia

"cultural and geographical region of inland Eastern U.S.," 1880s, from the Appalachian Mountains, which are its core. Earlier Appalachia was proposed as a better name for "United States of America" by Washington Irving in 1839 (though he preferred Alleghenia) and he may get the credit for coinage of the word (see America).

updated on September 23, 2022

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Definitions of Appalachia from WordNet

Appalachia (n.)
an impoverished coal mining area in the Appalachian Mountains (from Pennsylvania to North Carolina);
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