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Appalachia

[ ap-uh-ley-chee-uh, -chuh, -lach-ee-uh, -lach-uh ]
/ ˌæp əˈleɪ tʃi ə, -tʃə, -ˈlætʃ i ə, -ˈlætʃ ə /
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noun
Geology. a Paleozoic landmass, the erosion of which provided the sediments to form the rocks of the Appalachian Mountains.
a region in the eastern United States, in the area of the southern Appalachian Mountains, usually including northeastern Alabama, northwestern Georgia, northwestern South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, western Virginia, eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, and southwestern Pennsylvania.
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Origin of Appalachia

First recorded in 1920–25; back formation from Appalachian
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British Dictionary definitions for Appalachia

Appalachia
/ (ˌæpəˈleɪtʃɪə) /

noun
a highland region of the eastern US, containing the Appalachian Mountains, extending from Pennsylvania to Alabama
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Cultural definitions for Appalachia

Appalachia
[ (ap-uh-lay-chuh, ap-uh-lach-uh) ]

A mountainous region in the eastern United States, running from northern Alabama to Pennsylvania, and including parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and all of West Virginia.

notes for Appalachia

A major coal-mining center and one of the most impoverished regions of the country.
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