- Geology. a Paleozoic landmass, the erosion of which provided the sediments to form the rocks of the Appalachian Mountains.
- a region in the E United States, in the area of the S Appalachian Mountains, usually including NE Alabama, NW Georgia, NW South Carolina, E Tennessee, W Virginia, E Kentucky, West Virginia, and SW Pennsylvania.
Examples from the Web for appalachia
Vast pockets of both continued to exist well after that—in Appalachia and the inner cities, for example—and some exist still.Ebola and America’s Childish Narcissism
October 18, 2014
President Lyndon Johnson had just taken a tour of communities in Appalachia without electricity, running water, or sewage systems.The U.S. Is Losing a Generation to Poverty
September 18, 2014
He saw a similarly large collapse in Appalachia, home to large numbers of lower-income whites.What Links the Neo-Confederate Virginia Flaggers, Barack Obama & Race
August 8, 2013
The coal industry is blowing the tops off mountains in Appalachia.Mark Ruffalo on the Gulf Gas-Well Blowout and Why We Need to Kick Fossil Fuels to the Curb
July 29, 2013
In rural Appalachia, the drug is sometimes referred to as “hillbilly heroin.”‘Oxyana’ Documentary at Tribeca Exposes the OxyContin Epidemic
April 23, 2013
And then he'd show Rusche some of the high spots of the low-number levels of Appalachia.Second Sight
Basil Eugene Wells
The Ordovician sea stretched from Appalachia across the Mississippi valley.The Elements of Geology
William Harmon Norton
The feud epoch has ceased throughout the greater part of Appalachia.
So in Appalachia, one steps shortly from the railway into the primitive.
“The motives of two centuries ago” are the motives of present-day Appalachia.
- a highland region of the eastern US, containing the Appalachian Mountains, extending from Pennsylvania to Alabama
Word Origin and History for appalachia
"cultural and geographical region of inland Eastern U.S.," 1880s, from the Appalachian Mountains, which are its core. Earlier Appalachia was proposed as a better name for "United States of America" by Washington Irving in 1839 (though he preferred Alleghenia) and this may have been the coinage of the word.
It is a thousand pities that the puny witticisms of a few professional objectors should have the power to prevent, even for a year, the adoption of a name for our country. At present we have, clearly, none. There should be no hesitation about "Appalachia." In the first place, it is distinctive. "America" is not, and can never be made so. We may legislate as much as we please, and assume for our country whatever name we think right — but to use it will be no name, to any purpose for which a name is needed, unless we can take it away from the regions which employ it at present. South America is "America," and will insist upon remaining so. [Edgar Allan Poe, 1846]