Curaçao

Curaçao

[koor-uh-sou, -soh, kyoor-; koor-uh-sou, -soh, kyoor-]
noun
1.
the main island of the Netherlands Antilles, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 173 sq. mi. (448 sq. km). Capital: Willemstad.
3.
(lowercase) . Also, curaçao [kyoor-uh-soh, -soh-uh] . a cordial or liqueur flavored with the peel of the sour orange.
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Curaçao (ˌkjʊərəˈsəʊ)
 
n
1.  an island in the Caribbean, the largest in the Netherlands Antilles. Capital: Willemstad. Pop: 137 094 (2007 est). Area: 444 sq km (171 sq miles)
2.  an orange-flavoured liqueur originally made there

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Curacao
West Indian island, Curaçao, discovered 1499 by Alonso de Hojeda, who called it Isla de los Gigantes in reference to the stature of the natives. The modern name probably is a Europeanized version of some lost native word.
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