Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?


[ahm-bah-taw] /ɑmˈbɑ tɔ/
a city in central Ecuador, about 8500 feet (2590 meters) above sea level. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for Ambato

city, central Ecuador. It lies along the Ambato River in an intermontane basin near the northeastern foot of Mount Chimborazo, at an elevation of about 8,500 feet (2,600 m) above sea level. It was the scene of a decisive victory in 1821 by Antonio Jose de Sucre, lieutenant of the liberator Simon Bolivar, against the Spanish during the wars for Latin American independence. Ambato has frequently been damaged by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes; much of the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1949. Its remaining landmarks include a modern cathedral; the mausoleum of Juan Montalvo, a noted Ecuadoran writer and freedom fighter, who was born in Ambato in 1832; and Quinta de Juan Leon Mera, a mansion with restored 19th-century gardens that belonged to Juan Leon Mera, an Ecuadoran politician, poet, and novelist

Learn more about Ambato with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Ambato

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Ambato

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ambato