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alamo

[al-uh-moh, ah-luh-]
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noun, plural al·a·mos. Southwestern U.S.
  1. a poplar.
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Origin of alamo

First recorded in 1830–40, alamo is from the Spanish word álamo poplar, ultimately < a pre-Roman language of Iberia

Alamo

[al-uh-moh]
noun
  1. a Franciscan mission in San Antonio, Texas, besieged by Mexicans on February 23, 1836, during the Texan war for independence and taken on March 6, 1836, with its entire garrison killed.
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Los Alamos

[laws al-uh-mohs, los]
noun
  1. a town in central New Mexico: atomic research center.
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Examples from the Web for alamos

Historical Examples

  • He'd even guessed she might be coming down with Alamos fever.

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    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • Those from nine miles southeast of Alamos (P. artus) are smallest.

  • Like Alamos, Atla-Hi has the reputation for being a mysteriously dangerous place.

    The Night of the Long Knives

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  • At least it fitted with the Atla-Hi violet and the Alamos blue being brighter than the other colors.

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British Dictionary definitions for alamos

Alamo

noun
  1. the Alamo a mission in San Antonio, Texas, the site of a siege and massacre in 1836 by Mexican forces under Santa Anna of a handful of American rebels fighting for Texan independence from Mexico
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Los Alamos

noun
  1. a town in the US, in New Mexico: the first atomic bomb was developed here. Pop: 18 343 (2000 est)
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Word Origin and History for alamos

Alamo

nickname of Franciscan Mission San Antonio de Valeroin (begun 1718, dissolved 1793) in San Antonio, Texas; American Spanish, literally "poplar" (in New Spain, also "cottonwood"), from alno "the black poplar," from Latin alnus "alder" (cf. alder).

Perhaps so called in reference to trees growing nearby (cf. Alamogordo, New Mexico, literally "big poplar," and Spanish alameda "a public walk with a row of trees on each side"); but the popular name seems to date from the period 1803-13, when the old mission was the base for a Spanish cavalry company from the Mexican town of Alamo de Parras in Nueva Vizcaya.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

alamos in Culture

Alamo

[(al-uh-moh)]

A fort, once a chapel, in San Antonio, Texas, where a group of Americans made a heroic stand against a much larger Mexican force in 1836, during the war for Texan independence from Mexico. The Mexicans, under General Santa Anna, besieged the Alamo and eventually killed all of the defenders, including Davy Crockett.

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Note

Rallying under the cry “Remember the Alamo!”, Texans later forced the Mexicans to recognize the independent republic of Texas.
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