Etymology
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Colorado

U.S. state (organized as a territory 1861, admitted as a state 1876), named for the river, Spanish Rio Colorado, from colorado "ruddy, reddish," literally "colored," past participle of colorar "to color, dye, paint," from Latin colorare "to color, to get tanned," from color "color of the skin, color in general" (see color (n.)).

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Definitions of Colorado

Colorado (n.)
a state in west central United States in the Rocky Mountains;
Synonyms: Centennial State / co / Colo.
Colorado (n.)
a river in Texas; flows southeast into the Gulf of Mexico;
Synonyms: Colorado River
Colorado (n.)
an important river in the southwestern United States; rises in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado and flows southwest through Utah into Arizona (where it flows through the Grand Canyon) and then southward through the southern tip of Nevada, then forming the border between California and Arizona and finally into Mexico where it empties into the Gulf of California; the main source of water in the southwestern United States;
Synonyms: Colorado River
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