[kuh-loh-nee-uh, -lohn-yuh; Spanish kaw-law-nyah]
noun, plural colonias [kuh-loh-nee-uhz, -lohn-yuhz; Spanish kaw-law-nyahs] .
(in the southwestern U.S.) a city neighborhood or a rural settlement inhabited predominantly by Mexicans or Mexican Americans.

< Mexican Spanish: newly built or settled district of a city; Spanish: plantation, colony Unabridged
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in Roman antiquity, a Roman settlement in conquered territory. The earliest colonies were coast-guard communities, each containing about 300 Roman citizens and their families. By 200 BC a system of such Roman maritime colonies maintained guard over the coasts throughout Italy. The Romans preferred this form of coastal defense to the use of a fleet. The colonists kept their Roman citizenship, with all the rights thereof.

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Red denotes a colonia that lacks adequate wastewater disposal, lacks a potable water supply, or is not platted.
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