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  1. a state in the E United States, on the Atlantic coast: part of the historical South. 40,815 sq. mi. (105,710 sq. km). Capital: Richmond. Abbreviation: VA (for use with zip code), Va.
  2. a town in NE Minnesota.
  3. (italics) Merrimac.
  4. a female given name: from a Roman family name.
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  1. (sometimes not capital) a type of flue-cured tobacco grown originally in Virginia


  1. a state of the eastern US, on the Atlantic: site of the first permanent English settlement in North America; consists of a low-lying deeply indented coast rising inland to the Piedmont plateau and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Capital: Richmond. Pop: 7 386 330 (2003 est). Area: 103 030 sq km (39 780 sq miles)Abbreviation: Va, (with zip code) VA
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Word Origin and History for virginia


British colony in North America, name appears on a map in 1587, named for Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. The fem. proper name is from Latin Virginia, fem. of Virginius, earlier Verginius, probably related to Vergilius (cf. virgilian).

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virginia in Culture


State in the eastern United States bordered by West Virginia and Maryland to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, North Carolina and Tennessee to the south, and Kentucky to the west. Its capital is Richmond, and its largest city is Virginia Beach.


One of the thirteen colonies. The first permanent English settlement in North America was at Jamestown, founded in the early seventeenth century.


Named for Queen Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen.”


One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
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