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[chi-wah-wah, -wuh] /tʃɪˈwɑ wɑ, -wə/
a state in N Mexico. 94,831 sq. mi. (245,610 sq. km).
the capital of this state.
one of a Mexican or Aztec breed of very small dogs having either short or long hair of any one of a variety of colors. Unabridged
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  • Fifteen miles from Chihuahua are the rich silver mines of Eulalia.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Been right through it, from Chihuahua to Tehuentepec and Campeachy.'

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • They have devastated and depopulated a great portion of Sonora and Chihuahua.

    The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
  • Such a history has had the city of Chihuahua and the settlements in its neighbourhood.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • It is not with the “Scalp Hunters” we have now to do—only with the city of Chihuahua.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for Chihuahua


/tʃɪˈwɑːwɑː; -wə/
a state of N Mexico: mostly high plateau; important mineral resources, with many silver mines. Capital: Chihuahua. Pop: 728 000 (2005 est). Area: 247 087 sq km (153 194 sq miles)
a city in N Mexico, capital of Chihuahua state. Pop: 650 000 (2000 est)
a breed of tiny dog originally from Mexico, having short smooth hair, large erect ears, and protruding eyes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Chihuahua

dog breed, 1858, from the city and state in Mexico, said to be from a lost native word that meant "dry place."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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