Sacramento River


a port in and the capital of California, in the central part, on the Sacramento River.
a river flowing S from N California to San Francisco Bay. 382 miles (615 km) long. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
Sacramento (ˌsækrəˈmɛntəʊ)
1.  an inland port in N central California, capital of the state at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers: became a boom town in the gold rush of the 1850s. Pop: 445 335 (2003 est)
2.  a river in N California, flowing generally south to San Francisco Bay. Length: 615 km (382 miles)

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Word Origin & History

name of an imaginary realm in "Las sergas de Esplandián" ("Exploits of Espladán"), a romance by Sp. writer Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo, published in 1510, which was said to have been influential among Sp. explorers of the New World and may have led them to misidentify Baja California
as this land and mistake it for an island. Where Montalvo got the name and what it means, if anything, is a mystery. Californian is attested from 1785. The element Californium (1950) was named in reference to University of California, where it was discovered.
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Cultural Dictionary

Sacramento definition

The capital of California, located in the northern part of the state.

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