Chihuahua

[chi-wah-wah, -wuh]
noun
  1. a state in N Mexico. 94,831 sq. mi. (245,610 sq. km).
  2. the capital of this state.
  3. one of a Mexican or Aztec breed of very small dogs having either short or long hair of any one of a variety of colors.
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Historical Examples of chihuahua

  • Fifteen miles from Chihuahua are the rich silver mines of Eulalia.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Been right through it, from Chihuahua to Tehuentepec and Campeachy.'

  • They have devastated and depopulated a great portion of Sonora and Chihuahua.

    The Prairie Traveler

    Randolph Marcy

  • Why he was in Chihuahua, or whence he had come to it, no one seemed to know or care.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • Six weeks have elapsed since the day of the duel at Chihuahua.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid


British Dictionary definitions for chihuahua

Chihuahua

noun
  1. a state of N Mexico: mostly high plateau; important mineral resources, with many silver mines. Capital: Chihuahua. Pop: 728 000 (2005 est). Area: 247 087 sq km (153 194 sq miles)
  2. a city in N Mexico, capital of Chihuahua state. Pop: 650 000 (2000 est)
  3. a breed of tiny dog originally from Mexico, having short smooth hair, large erect ears, and protruding eyes
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Word Origin and History for chihuahua

Chihuahua

n.

dog breed, 1858, from the city and state in Mexico, said to be from a lost native word that meant "dry place."

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