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[boh-guh-tah, boh-guh-tah; Spanish baw-gaw-tah] /ˌboʊ gəˈtɑ, ˈboʊ gəˌtɑ; Spanish ˌbɔ gɔˈtɑ/
a city in and the capital of Colombia, in the central part.


[kuh-luhm-bee-uh; Spanish kaw-lawm-byah] /kəˈlʌm bi ə; Spanish kɔˈlɔm byɑ/
a republic in NW South America. 439,828 sq. mi. (1,139,155 sq. km).
Capital: Bogotá.
Related forms
Colombian, adjective, noun
pro-Colombian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • You have not been in bogota for months, for years, Senorita.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • Bolivar apprised his friends in bogota that he should visit them in secret.

  • They were tired of serving as the milch cow for the fattening of the Government at bogota.

  • bogota and the Argentine Republic have whitewashed many a reputation.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • After this we were to turn to the right over the Quindio mountains to reach bogota.

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is formed by the river bogota, which is hereabouts sixty yards in breadth.

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • As a natural consequence, were this passage blocked, the whole plain of bogota would be inundated and the ancient lake restored.

British Dictionary definitions for bogota


/ˌbəʊɡəˈtɑː; Spanish boɣoˈta/
the capital of Colombia, on a central plateau of the E Andes: originally the centre of Chibcha civilization; founded as a city in 1538 by the Spaniards. Pop: 7 594 000 (2005 est)


a republic in NW South America: inhabited by Chibchas and other Indians before Spanish colonization in the 16th century; independence won by Bolívar in 1819; became the Republic of Colombia in 1886; violence and unrest have been endemic since the 1970s. It consists chiefly of a hot swampy coastal plain, separated by ranges of the Andes from the pampas and the equatorial forests of the Amazon basin in the east. Language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Bogotá. Pop: 45 745 783 (2013 est). Area: 1 138 908 sq km (439 735 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for bogota


South American nation, independent from 1819 as part of Gran Colombia (after its breakup in 1850, as New Granada, then Colombia from 1863); named for Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (Italian Colombo, Portuguese Colom, Spanish Colón).

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Colombia definition

Republic in northwestern South America, bordered by Panama to the northwest, Venezuela to the northeast, Ecuador and Peru to the south, and Brazil to the southeast. Its capital and largest city is Bogotá.

Note: Its major legal crop is coffee.
Note: Trafficking of marijuana and cocaine remains a problem in Colombia. With support from the United States, the Colombian government has attacked drug traffickers, but the country continues to be torn by civil war between left-wing and right-wing factions.
Bogotá [(boh-guh-tah, boh-guh-tah)]

Capital of Colombia and the largest city in the country, located near the center of Colombia on a high, fertile plain.

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