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[koh-lon; Spanish kaw-lawn]
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  1. a seaport in Panama at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal.
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British Dictionary definitions for colón


noun plural -lons or -lones (Spanish -ˈlones)
  1. the standard monetary unit of Costa Rica, divided into 100 céntimos
  2. the former standard monetary unit of El Salvador, divided into 100 centavos; replaced by the US dollar in 2001

Word Origin

C19: American Spanish, from Spanish, after Cristóbal Colón Christopher Columbus


  1. a port in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. Chief Caribbean port. Pop: 157 000 (2005 est)Former name: Aspinwall
  2. Archipiélago de Colón (ˌartʃiˈpjelaɣo ðe) the official name of the Galápagos Islands


  1. plural -lons the punctuation mark :, usually preceding an explanation or an example of what has gone before, a list, or an extended quotation
  2. plural -lons this mark used for certain other purposes, such as expressions of time, as in 2:45 p.m., or when a ratio is given in figures, as in 5:3
  3. plural -la (-lə) (in classical prosody) a part of a rhythmic period with two to six feet and one principal accent or ictus

Word Origin

C16: from Latin, from Greek kōlon limb, hence part of a strophe, clause of a sentence


noun plural -lons or -la (-lə)
  1. the part of the large intestine between the caecum and the rectum

Word Origin

C16: from Latin: large intestine, from Greek kolon


  1. a colonial farmer or plantation owner, esp in a French colony

Word Origin

French: colonist, from Latin colōnus, from colere to till, inhabit
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Word Origin and History for colón



punctuation mark, 1540s, from Latin colon "part of a poem," from Greek kolon (with a long initial -o-) "part of a verse," literally "limb," from PIE root *(s)kel- "to bend, crooked" (see scalene). Meaning evolved from "independent clause" to punctuation mark that sets it off.



"large intestine," late 14c., from Greek kolon (with a short initial -o-) "large intestine, food, meat," of unknown origin.

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colón in Medicine


n. pl. co•lons
  1. The division of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
Related formsco•lonic (kə-lŏnĭk) adj.
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colón in Science


  1. The longest part of the large intestine, extending from the cecum to the rectum. Water and electrolytes are absorbed, solidified, and prepared for elimination as feces in the colon. The colon also contains bacteria that help in the body's absorption of nutrients from digested material.
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colón in Culture


A punctuation mark (:) used to introduce a description, an explanation, or a list. For example, “She would own only one kind of pet: a Siamese cat” and “The little boy announced that he wanted the following for his birthday: two sweaters, a new tent, and three toy cars.”


The middle and longest part of the large intestine. (See digestive system.)

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