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Alaska

[uh-las-kuh] /əˈlæs kə/
noun
1.
a state of the United States in NW North America. 586,400 sq. mi. (1,519,000 sq. km).
Capital: Juneau.
Abbreviation: AK (for use with zip code), Alas.
2.
Gulf of, a gulf of the Pacific, on the coast of S Alaska.
Related forms
Alaskan, adjective, noun
pro-Alaskan, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Alaska

Alaska

/əˈlæskə/
noun
1.
the largest state of the US, in the extreme northwest of North America: the aboriginal inhabitants are Inuit and Yupik; the earliest White settlements were made by the Russians; it was purchased by the US from Russia in 1867. It is mostly mountainous and volcanic, rising over 6000 m (20 000 ft), with the Yukon basin in the central region; large areas are covered by tundra; it has important mineral resources (chiefly coal, oil, and natural gas). Capital: Juneau. Pop: 648 818 (2003 est). Area: 1 530 694 sq km (591 004 sq miles) Abbreviation Alas, (with zip code) AK
2.
Gulf of Alaska, the N part of the Pacific, between the Alaska Peninsula and the Alexander Archipelago
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Word Origin and History for Alaska

name first applied 18c. by Russian explorers, from Aleut alaxsxaq, literally "the object toward which the action of the sea is directed" [Bright]. Baked Alaska attested by 1896, so called either for its whiteness or from being cold inside.

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State in northwesternmost North America bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north; Yukon, Canada, to the east; the Pacific Ocean to the south; and the Bering Sea to the west. Its capital is Juneau, and its largest city is Anchorage.

Note: The forty-ninth state, admitted in 1959, and the largest.
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