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[tek-suh s] /ˈtɛk səs/
noun, U.S. Nautical.
a deckhouse on a texas deck for the accommodation of officers.
Origin of texas
1855-60; after Texas, from the fact that the officers' accommodation was the most spacious on the Mississippi steamboats, on which cabins were named after states


[tek-suh s] /ˈtɛk səs/
a state in the S United States. 267,339 sq. mi. (692,410 sq. km).
Capital: Austin.
Abbreviation: Tex., TX (for use with zip code).
Related forms
Texan, Texian
[tek-see-uh n] /ˈtɛk si ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
Can be confused
Texan, Tucson, Tuscan. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The tide of emigration continues to flow into texas from European ports.

  • They did not want Coahuila as their country, but texas, and asked a government of their own.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • They are abundant in southern texas, and in Mexico (not illustrated).

    Western Bird Guide Chester A. (Chester Albert) Reed, Harry F. Harvey, and Rex I. Brasher
  • It was not to be wondered at that the name of texas became the synonym for savagery.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • "If texas ever recovers from that fool war an' kills off these outlaws, why, a young man will have a lookout," went on the uncle.

British Dictionary definitions for texas


a state of the southwestern US, on the Gulf of Mexico: the second largest state; part of Mexico from 1821 to 1836, when it was declared an independent republic; joined the US in 1845; consists chiefly of a plain, with a wide flat coastal belt rising up to the semiarid Sacramento and Davis Mountains of the southwest; a major producer of cotton, rice, and livestock; the chief US producer of oil and gas; a leading world supplier of sulphur. Capital: Austin. Pop: 22 118 509 (2003 est). Area: 678 927 sq km (262 134 sq miles) Abbreviation Tex, (with zip code) TX
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Word Origin and History for texas


Mexican province, briefly an independent nation and now a U.S. state, from Spanish Texas, Tejas, earlier pronounced "ta-shas," originally an ethnic name, from Caddo (eastern Texas Indian tribe) taysha "friends, allies," written by the Spanish as a plural. Baseball Texas-leaguer is recorded from 1905.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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texas in Culture

Texas definition

State in the southwestern United States bordered by Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas and Louisiana to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico to the south, and New Mexico to the west. Its capital is Austin, and its largest city is Houston.

Note: One of the border states with Mexico; Mexican aliens often cross the border into Texas.
Note: One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
Note: Long the largest state, it became second largest with the admission of Alaska as the forty-ninth state in 1959.
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