Tallahassee

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Florida

[flawr-i-duh, flor-]
noun
1.
a state in the SE United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. 58,560 sq. mi. (151,670 sq. km). Capital: Tallahassee. Abbreviation: FL (for use with zip code), Fla.
2.
Also called Florida Straits, Florida Strait. an ocean passage between the Florida Keys and Cuba connecting the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
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Florida (ˈflɒrɪdə)
 
n
1.  Fla., Abbreviation: FL a state of the southeastern US, between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico: consists mostly of a low-lying peninsula ending in the Florida Keys a chain of small islands off the coast of S Florida, extending southwest for over 160 km (100 miles). Capital: Tallahassee. Pop: 17 019 068 (2003 est). Area: 143 900 sq km (55 560 sq miles)
2.  Straits of Florida a sea passage between the Florida Keys and Cuba, linking the Atlantic with the Gulf of Mexico

Tallahassee (ˌtæləˈhæsɪ)
 
n
a city in N Florida, capital of the state: two universities. Pop: 153 938 (2003 est)

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Tallahassee
place in Florida, U.S.A., 1799, from Muskogee tvlvhasse, name of a tribal town, perhaps from etvlwv "tribal town" + vhasse "old, rancid."

Florida
U.S. state, formerly a Sp. colony, probably from Sp. Pascua florida, lit. "flowering Easter," a Sp. name for Palm Sunday, because the peninsula was discovered on that day (March 20, 1513) by the expedition of Sp. explorer Ponce de León.
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Florida definition


The southeasternmost state of the contiguous United States, bordered by Alabama and Georgia to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, and the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama to the west. Its capital is Tallahassee, and its largest city is Jacksonville.

Note: Home of Walt Disney World, an amusement park near Orlando, and many other theme parks. (See Walt Disney.)
Note: Home of the Kennedy Space Center, launch site for many U.S. space missions.
Note: St. Augustine, located on the coast of Northern Florida, is the oldest city in the United States, settled in the sixteenth century by Spain.
Note: One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
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