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Augustine [(aw-guh-steen, aw-gus-tin)]

An important teacher in the Christian church, who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries. After a dramatic conversion to Christianity, Augustine became a bishop. He is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. His works include The City of God and his autobiography, Confessions.

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Austin definition


Capital of Texas.

Note: Location of the University of Texas.

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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