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Americana

[uh-mer-i-kan-uh, -kah-nuh, -key-nuh] /əˌmɛr ɪˈkæn ə, -ˈkɑ nə, -ˈkeɪ nə/
noun
1.
(often used with a plural verb) books, papers, maps, etc., relating to America, especially to its history, culture, and geography.
2.
(used with a singular verb) a collection of such materials.
Origin of Americana
1835-1845
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; Americ(a) + -ana
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Examples from the Web for Americana
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  • The maguey—the Agave Americana—was an invaluable ally of life and civilisation.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • But have we not all heard how clever and beautiful the Americana Señoritas are?

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • A noteworthy addition to the subject of Americana in its largest sense.

    Mount Rainier

    Various
  • Mountain Ash (Pyrus Americana) is closely related to the crabs.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Americana is a class of book which has grown enormously in price.

    Prices of Books Henry B. Wheatley
British Dictionary definitions for Americana

Americana

/əˌmɛrɪˈkɑːnə/
plural noun
1.
objects, such as books, documents, relics, etc, relating to America, esp in the form of a collection
2.
all forms of traditional music indigenous to America, and their modern variants
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