Lima

1
[ lee-muh ]
/ ˈli mə /
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noun

a word used in communications to represent the letter L.

Origin of Lima

1
First recorded in 1950–55

Definition for lima (2 of 3)

Lima

2
[ lee-muh or, Spanish, lee-mah for 1; lahy-muh for 2 ]
/ ˈli mə or, Spanish, ˈli mɑ for 1; ˈlaɪ mə for 2 /

noun

a city in and the capital of Peru, near the Pacific coast.
a city in NW Ohio.

Definition for lima (3 of 3)

Peru

[ puh-roo ]
/ pəˈru /

noun

Spanish Pe·rú [pe-roo] /pɛˈru/. a republic in W South America. 496,222 sq. mi. (1,285,215 sq. km). Capital: Lima.
a city in N central Indiana.
a city in N Illinois.

Related forms

Pe·ru·vi·an [puh-roo-vee-uh n] /pəˈru vi ən/, adjective, nounnon-Pe·ru·vi·an, adjective, nounpro-Pe·ru·vi·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lima (1 of 2)

Lima

/ (ˈliːmə) /

noun

the capital of Peru, near the Pacific coast on the Rímac River: the centre of Spanish colonization in South America; university founded in 1551 (the oldest in South America); an industrial centre with a port at nearby Callao. Pop: 8 180 000 (2005 est)
communications a code word for the letter L

British Dictionary definitions for lima (2 of 2)

Peru

/ (pəˈruː) /

noun

a republic in W South America, on the Pacific: the centre of the great Inca Empire when conquered by the Spanish in 1532; gained independence in 1824 by defeating Spanish forces with armies led by San Martín and Bolívar; consists of a coastal desert, rising to the Andes; an important exporter of minerals and a major fishing nation. Official languages: Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Official religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: nuevo sol. Capital: Lima. Pop: 29 849 303 (2013 est). Area: 1 285 215 sq km (496 222 sq miles)

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Culture definitions for lima (1 of 2)

Lima

[ (lee-muh) ]

Capital of Peru and largest city in the country, located in western Peru; the country's economic center.


Note

Lima was the capital of the empire of Spain in the New World until the nineteenth century.

Culture definitions for lima (2 of 2)

Peru

Republic in western South America, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, Ecuador to the northwest, Colombia to the northeast, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Its capital and largest city is Lima.


Note

Achieved independence from Spain in 1821.

Note

Peru was the heart of the Inca Empire, which flourished from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. The remains of the empire include the fabled stone fortress of Machu Picchu.
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