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[awr-uh-noh-koh, ohr-; Spanish aw-ree-naw-kaw] /ˌɔr əˈnoʊ koʊ, ˌoʊr-; Spanish ˌɔ riˈnɔ kɔ/
a river in N South America, flowing N from the border of Brazil, along the E border of Colombia, and NE through Venezuela to the Atlantic. 1600 miles (2575 km) long. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But to us 't was Orinoco, and the cities of the world dotted its shores.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • About a hundred and fifty miles beyond the Orinoco, he entered a gulf and landed.

    Discoverers and Explorers Edward R. Shaw
  • It was on the banks of the Orinoco, near the city of Angostura.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • There are other species of this fish,—among them the black caribe of the Orinoco.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Orinoco is navigable within one hundred miles of Bogota.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • The Indians on the Orinoco call five 'one hand' and ten 'two hands.'

  • I had steamed it down the Mississippi, and sculled it up the Orinoco.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • I meant to go up the Orinoco; but the Amazons did just as well.

    Old Gold George Manville Fenn
  • Yes, of course it is: only you two say Amazons, while I say Orinoco.

    Old Gold George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for Orinoco


a river in N South America, rising in S Venezuela and flowing west, then north as part of the border between Colombia and Venezuela, then east to the Atlantic by a great delta: the third largest river system in South America, draining an area of 945 000 sq km (365 000 sq miles); reaches a width of 22 km (14 miles) during the rainy season. Length: about 2575 km (1600 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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