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Columbia

poetic name for United States of America, earlier for the British colonies there, 1730s, also the nation's female personification, from name of Christopher Columbus (also see Colombia) with Latin "country" ending -ia.

A popular name for places and institutions in the U.S. in the post-Revolutionary years, when former tributes to king and crown were out of fashion: such as Columbia University (New York, U.S.) founded in 1754 as King's College; re-named 1784. Also District of Columbia (1791, as Territory of Columbia); "Hail, Columbia," Joseph Hopkinson's patriotic song that served in 19c. as an unofficial national anthem (1798); "Columbiad," Joel Barlow's attempt to write an epic for the United States (1807). Columbiad also was the name of a heavy, cast-iron, smooth-bore cannon introduced in the U.S. in 1811. Related: Columbian.

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Definitions of Columbia from WordNet

Columbia (n.)
a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring;
Synonyms: Columbia River
Columbia (n.)
a town in west central Tennessee;
Columbia (n.)
capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina;
Synonyms: capital of South Carolina
Columbia (n.)
a university town in central Missouri;
Columbia (n.)
a university in New York City;
Synonyms: Columbia University
From wordnet.princeton.edu