Baja California

[bah-hah kal-uh-fawr-nyuh, -fawr-nee-uh; Spanish bah-hah kah-lee-fawr-nyah]
  1. a narrow peninsula in NW Mexico between the Gulf of California and the Pacific, forming two territories of Mexico. 55,634 sq. mi. (144,090 sq. km). Capitals: Mexicali (Northern Territory) and La Paz (Southern Territory).
Also called Ba·ja, Lower California. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Baja California

  1. the Spanish name for Lower California
  2. short for Baja California Norte
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Word Origin and History for baja


in place names, Spanish baja, literally "lower," either in elevation or geography; cf. Baja California.

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