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[awr-uh-noh-koh, ohr-; Spanish aw-ree-naw-kaw] /ˌɔr əˈnoʊ koʊ, ˌoʊr-; Spanish ˌɔ riˈnɔ kɔ/
a river in N South America, flowing N from the border of Brazil, along the E border of Colombia, and NE through Venezuela to the Atlantic. 1600 miles (2575 km) long. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Another method of capturing Alligators is practised by the residents on the upper waters of the giant river Orinoco.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • It was on the banks of the Orinoco, near the city of Angostura.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Presently, however, he came to the mouth of the Orinoco, whose mighty current proved to him that it poured from a continent.

    The Spanish Pioneers Charles F. Lummis
  • There are other species of this fish,—among them the black caribe of the Orinoco.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Sailing vessels are carried by the trade wind 600 miles up the Orinoco to San Fernando.

    Influences of Geographic Environment Ellen Churchill Semple
  • The Indians on the Orinoco call five 'one hand' and ten 'two hands.'

  • Say, I thought the Amazon and the Orinoco were the only big rivers down here.

  • I had steamed it down the Mississippi, and sculled it up the Orinoco.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • But to us 'twas Orinoco, and the cities of the world dotted its shores.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
British Dictionary definitions for Orinoco


a river in N South America, rising in S Venezuela and flowing west, then north as part of the border between Colombia and Venezuela, then east to the Atlantic by a great delta: the third largest river system in South America, draining an area of 945 000 sq km (365 000 sq miles); reaches a width of 22 km (14 miles) during the rainy season. Length: about 2575 km (1600 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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