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Baja California

[bah-hah kal-uh-fawr-nyuh, -fawr-nee-uh; Spanish bah-hah kah-lee-fawr-nyah] /ˈbɑ hɑ ˌkæl əˈfɔr nyə, -ˈfɔr ni ə; Spanish ˈbɑ hɑ ˌkɑ liˈfɔr nyɑ/
noun
1.
a narrow peninsula in NW Mexico between the Gulf of California and the Pacific, forming two territories of Mexico. 55,634 sq. mi. (144,090 sq. km). Capitals: Mexicali (Northern Territory) and La Paz (Southern Territory).
Also called Baja, Lower California.
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  • Baiae, now baja, the most famous watering-place of ancient times.

  • Well, I have narrated all that took place on the day set apart for baja.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • M. v. peninsularis, the subspecies at the southern tip of baja California, is not considered in this discussion.

  • We're over open water now, headed toward baja California, so I put on the autopilot.

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  • Yesterday he and Betty had been to baja in a motor-car; it had amused them both very much.

    The Furnace

    Rose Macaulay
  • Our next point of exploration is the Temple of Mercury, at baja—a circular building, with fine columns partly overthrown.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • Timar drew the two deeds out of the envelope he had received at his baja office, and which had, so much pleased him.

  • baja´zet, surnamed "The Thunderbolt" (ilderim), sultan of Turkey.

  • Above the splashing and the little hushing draw, the church bells sounded from baja, calling the bay to Mass.

    The Furnace

    Rose Macaulay
  • That story which Tommy had found so tedious on the beach at baja had been fulfilling itself of late.

    The Furnace

    Rose Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for baja

Baja California

/ˈbaehɑ/
noun
1.
the Spanish name for Lower California
2.
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Word Origin and History for baja

Baja

in place names, Spanish baja, literally "lower," either in elevation or geography; cf. Baja California.

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