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Baja California

[bah-hah kal-uh-fawr-nyuh, -fawr-nee-uh; Spanish bah-hah kah-lee-fawr-nyah]
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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 Ba·ja, Lower California.
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Examples from the Web for baja

Historical Examples

  • Baiae, now Baja, the most famous watering-place of ancient times.

    Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2

    Ernst Eckstein

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

  • 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.

    By Proxy

    Gordon Randall Garrett

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

    The Furnace

    Rose Macaulay


British Dictionary definitions for baja

Baja California

noun
  1. the Spanish name for Lower California
  2. short for Baja California Norte
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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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