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Columbus

[kuh-luhm-buh s]
noun
  1. ChristopherSp. Cristóbal ColónIt. Cristoforo Colombo, 1446?–1506, Italian navigator in Spanish service: traditionally considered the discoverer of America 1492.
  2. a city in and the capital of Ohio, in the central part.
  3. a city in W Georgia.
  4. a city in central Indiana.
  5. a city in E Mississippi.
  6. a city in E Nebraska.
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British Dictionary definitions for christopher columbus

Columbus1

noun
  1. a city in central Ohio: the state capital. Pop: 728 432 (2003 est)
  2. a city in W Georgia, on the Chattahoochee River. Pop: 185 702 (2003 est)
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Columbus2

noun
  1. Christopher. Spanish name Cristóbal Colón, Italian name Cristoforo Colombo. 1451–1506, Italian navigator and explorer in the service of Spain, who discovered the New World (1492)
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Word Origin and History for christopher columbus

Columbus

his name is Latinized from his native Italian Cristoforo Colombo, in Spanish Christobal Colon.

America was discovered accidentally by a great seaman who was looking for something else, and most of the exploration for the next fifty years was done in the hope of getting through or around it. [S.E. Morison, "The Oxford History of the United States," 1965]
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christopher columbus in Culture

Columbus

Capital of Ohio.

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