Etymology
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Venezuela

Spanish, diminutive of Venecia "Venice" (see Venice). Supposedly the name was given by Spanish sailors in 1499 when they saw a native village built on piles on Lake Maracaibo. Related: Venezuelan.

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Definitions of Venezuela

Venezuela (n.)
a republic in northern South America on the Caribbean; achieved independence from Spain in 1811; rich in oil;
Synonyms: Republic of Venezuela
From wordnet.princeton.edu