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Uruguay

[yoo r-uh-gwey, -gwahy; Spanish oo-roo-gwahy]
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  1. a republic in SE South America. 72,172 sq. mi. (186,925 sq. km). Capital: Montevideo.
  2. a river in SE South America, flowing from S Brazil along the boundary of E Argentina into the Río de la Plata. 981 miles (1580 km) long.
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Related formsU·ru·guay·an [yoo r-uh-gwey-uh n, -gwahy-uh n] /ˌyʊər əˈgweɪ ən, -ˈgwaɪ ən/, adjective, nounpro-U·ru·guay·an, adjective, noun
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  • The principal roads of Uruguay were built between 1865 and 1875.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • Perhaps Uruguay, though the smallest of all the states, should be placed after Argentina.

  • East of the Uruguay, between it and the Atlantic, is the republic of Uruguay.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Garibaldi, services in war between Argentine and Uruguay, 93.

    Admiral Farragut

    A. T. Mahan

  • Thence he had passed into Uruguay, and become a teacher of mathematics in Montevideo.

    Admiral Farragut

    A. T. Mahan


British Dictionary definitions for uruguay

Uruguay

noun
  1. a republic in South America, on the Atlantic: Spanish colonization began in 1624, followed by Portuguese settlement in 1680; revolted against Spanish rule in 1820 but was annexed by the Portuguese to Brazil; gained independence in 1825. It consists mainly of rolling grassy plains, low hills, and plateaus. Official language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Montevideo. Pop: 3 324 460 (2013 est). Area: 176 215 sq km (68 037 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for uruguay

Uruguay

country named for river that flows past it, which is from a native name in an extinct language, said to represent uru "bird" + guay "tail," perhaps a reference to some totemic animal.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

uruguay in Culture

Uruguay

[(yoor-uh-gweye, yoor-uh-gway, oor-uh-gweye)]

Republic on the east coast of South America, tucked between Brazil to the north and east and Argentina to the west. The capital and largest city is Montevideo.

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Uruguay was under a repressive and violent military government from 1973 to 1985.

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It is a major producer of beef, leather, and wool.
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