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Baja California

[bah-hah kal-uh-fawr-nyuh, -fawr-nee-uh; Spanish bah-hah kah-lee-fawr-nyah] /ˈbɑ hɑ ˌkæl əˈfɔr nyə, -ˈfɔr ni ə; Spanish ˈbɑ hɑ ˌkɑ liˈfɔr nyɑ/
a narrow peninsula in NW Mexico between the Gulf of California and the Pacific, forming two territories of Mexico. 55,634 sq. mi. (144,090 sq. km). Capitals: Mexicali (Northern Territory) and La Paz (Southern Territory).
Also called Baja, Lower California. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Against the journey to baja California, Carolina had baked a tremendous pot of brown beans and fried a hundred tortillas.

    The Pride of Palomar Peter B. Kyne
  • Baiae, now baja, the most famous watering-place of ancient times.

  • Mrs. Osborne has dealt with the netting, textiles, and cordage, and the distribution of their techniques outside baja California.

  • Well, I have narrated all that took place on the day set apart for baja.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • We know of no similar articles in historic times in baja California, nor to the north in southern California.

  • M. v. peninsularis, the subspecies at the southern tip of baja California, is not considered in this discussion.

  • That story which Tommy had found so tedious on the beach at baja had been fulfilling itself of late.

    The Furnace Rose Macaulay
  • We're over open water now, headed toward baja California, so I put on the autopilot.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Until the present, few shell ornaments have been noted in the archaeology of baja California.

  • Our next point of exploration is the Temple of Mercury, at baja—a circular building, with fine columns partly overthrown.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
British Dictionary definitions for baja

Baja California

the Spanish name for Lower California
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for baja


in place names, Spanish baja, literally "lower," either in elevation or geography; cf. Baja California.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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