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Costa Rica

[kos-tuh ree-kuh, kaw-stuh, koh-; Spanish kaws-tah ree-kah]
noun
  1. a republic in Central America, between Panama and Nicaragua. 19,238 sq. mi. (49,825 sq. km). Capital: San José.
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Related formsCosta Rican, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for costa rican

Costa Rican

adjective
  1. of or relating to Costa Rica or its inhabitants
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Costa Rica
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Costa Rica

noun
  1. a republic in Central America: gained independence from Spain in 1821; mostly mountainous and volcanic, with extensive forests. Official language: Spanish. Official religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: colón. Capital: San José. Pop: 4 695 942 (2013 est). Area: 50 900 sq km (19 652 sq miles)
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costa rican in Culture

Costa Rica

Republic in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the east, Panama to the southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west. Its capital and largest city is San José.

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One of the most politically stable countries of Latin America; Costa Rica is traditionally very democratic. It has a literacy rate of over ninety percent.
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