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Oregon

[awr-i-guh n, ‐gon, or‐]
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  1. a state in the NW United States, on the Pacific coast. 96,981 sq. mi. (251,180 sq. km). Capital: Salem. Abbreviation: Oreg., Ore., OR (for use with zip code).
  2. a city in NW Ohio.

Origin of Oregon

First recorded in 1870–75
Related formsOr·e·go·ni·an [awr-i-goh-nee-uh n, or‐] /ˌɔr ɪˈgoʊ ni ən, ˌɒr‐/, adjective, noun
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Oregon

noun
  1. a state of the northwestern US, on the Pacific: consists of the Coast and Cascade Ranges in the west and a plateau in the east; important timber production. Capital: Salem. Pop: 3 559 596 (2003 est). Area: 251 418 sq km (97 073 sq miles)Abbreviation: Oreg., (with zip code) OR
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Word Origin and History for oregon

Oregon

1765 as the name of a large river in the west of North America, probably the modern Columbia; of uncertain and disputed origin. It seems to be of Algonquian origin. From 1848 as the name of a U.S. territory (admitted as a state 1859).

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oregon in Culture

Oregon

State in the northwestern United States bordered by Washington to the north, Idaho to the east, Nevada and California to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its capital is Salem, and its largest city is Portland.

Note

Before the coming of the railroads, the Oregon Trail was used as an overland emigration route from the Missouri River to the Columbia River country (all of which was then called Oregon).
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