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 (1 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for amazon river (2 of 3)

Amazon

1
/ (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 Forms

Amazonian (ˌæməˈzəʊnɪən), adjective

Word Origin for Amazon

C14: via Latin from Greek Amazōn, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for amazon river (3 of 3)

Amazon

2
/ (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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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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