Etymology
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Nevada

U.S. state (organized as a territory 1861, admitted 1864), named for the Sierra Nevada mountain range on its western boundary, which are literally the "snowy mountains," from fem. of Spanish nevado "snowy" (see neve).

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Definitions of Nevada

Nevada (n.)
a state in the western United States;
Synonyms: Silver State / Battle Born State / Sagebrush State / nv / Nev.
From wordnet.princeton.edu