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Sonora

[suh-nawr-uh, -nohr-uh; Spanish saw-naw-rah] /səˈnɔr ə, -ˈnoʊr ə; Spanish sɔˈnɔ rɑ/
noun
1.
a state in NW Mexico. 70,484 sq. mi. (182,555 sq. km).
Capital: Hermosillo.
Related forms
Sonoran
[suh-nawr-uh n, -nohr-uh n] /səˈnɔr ən, -ˈnoʊr ən/ (Show IPA),
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.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • 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
  • At the worst he could turn them both free and leave for Sonora.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • His idea will be to slip down and cut across the line into Sonora.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for Sonora

Sonora

/Spanish soˈnora/
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)
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Word Origin and History for 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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