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Sonora

[suh-nawr-uh, -nohr-uh; Spanish saw-naw-rah]
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noun
  1. a state in NW Mexico. 70,484 sq. mi. (182,555 sq. km). Capital: Hermosillo.
Related formsSo·no·ran [suh-nawr-uh n, -nohr-uh n] /səˈnɔr ən, -ˈnoʊr ən/, adjective
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  • Well, they have grown fond of you,––the Indian women of Sonora!

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • How is there anything to offer in Sonora when Perez here has sent the guns south?

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • I am contemplating investing in Central Sonora when it is placed on the market.

  • Sonora, naturally one of the richest provinces of Mexico, is also one of the least known.

    Wood Rangers

    Mayne Reid

  • The end you will keep in view, is to detach the Senate of Sonora from the Federal alliance.

    Wood Rangers

    Mayne Reid


British Dictionary definitions for sonora

Sonora

noun
  1. a state of NW Mexico, on the Gulf of California: consists of a narrow coastal plain rising inland to the Sierra Madre Occidental; an important mining area in colonial times. Capital: Hermosillo. Pop: 2 213 370 (2000). Area: 184 934 sq km (71 403 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sonora

Sonora

Mexican state, from Spanish sonora "sonorous" (from Latin sonoros; see sonorous), supposedly so called in reference to marble deposits there which rang when struck.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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