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West Virginia

a state in the E United States. 24,181 sq. mi. (62,629 sq. km).
Capital: Charleston.
Abbreviation: WV (for use with zip code), W.Va.
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West Virginian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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West Virginian

of or relating to the state of West Virginia or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of West Virginia

West Virginia

a state of the eastern US: part of Virginia until the outbreak of the American Civil War (1861); consists chiefly of the Allegheny Plateau; bounded on the west by the Ohio River; coal-mining. Capital: Charleston. Pop: 1 810 354 (2003 est). Area: 62 341 sq km (24 070 sq miles) Abbreviation W Va, W. Va., (with zip code) WV
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West Virginia definition

State in the southeastern United States bordered by Pennsylvania and Maryland to the north, Virginia to the east and south, and Kentucky and Ohio to the west. Its capital and largest city is Charleston.

Note: Separated from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861; it was granted statehood in 1863, during the Civil War.
Note: Ranks first in bituminous coal production, with about twenty percent of the nation's total.
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