Amazon

[ am-uh-zon, -zuh n ]
/ ˈæm əˌzɒn, -zən /

noun

Trademark.

the brand name of a retail website, launched in 1995, that has expanded to include cloud computing and other services.

Origin of Amazon

< Latin Amazōn < Greek Amazṓn, of obscure origin

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British Dictionary definitions for amazon river

amazon

/ (ˈæməzən) /

noun

any of various tropical American parrots of the genus Amazona, such as A. farinosa (green amazon), having a short tail and mainly green plumage

Amazon

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/ (ˈæməzən) /

noun

Greek myth one of a race of women warriors of Scythia near the Black Sea
one of a legendary tribe of female warriors of South America
(often not capital) any tall, strong, or aggressive woman
Derived FormsAmazonian (ˌæməˈzəʊnɪən), adjective

Word Origin for Amazon

C14: via Latin from Greek Amazōn, of uncertain origin

Amazon

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/ (ˈæməzən) /

noun

a river in South America, rising in the Peruvian Andes and flowing east through N Brazil to the Atlantic: in volume, the largest river in the world; navigable for 3700 km (2300 miles). Length: over 6440 km (4000 miles). Area of basin: over 5 827 500 sq km (2 250 000 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for amazon river

Amazon

n.

late 14c., from Greek Amazon (mostly in plural Amazones) "one of a race of female warriors in Scythia," probably from an unknown non-Indo-European word, possibly from an Iranian compound *ha-maz-an- "(one) fighting together" [Watkins], but in folk etymology long derived from a- "without" + mazos "breasts," hence the story that the Amazons cut or burned off one breast so they could draw bowstrings more efficiently.

The river in South America (originally called by the Spanish Rio Santa Maria de la Mar Dulce) rechristened by Francisco de Orellana, 1541, after an encounter with female warriors of the Tapuyas (or, as some say, beardless, long-haired male tribesmen; still others hold that the name is a corruption of a native word in Tupi or Guarani meaning "wave").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for amazon river

Amazon River

River in South America with headwaters in northern Peru. It flows across northern Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean.

Note

The world's second-longest river, after the Nile, it flows nearly four thousand miles and carries more water than any other river in the world.

Note

It was named after the Amazons, legendary female warriors.

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