Origin of merida
apparently after Mérida, Mexico
- a city in and the capital of Yucatán, in SE Mexico.
- a city in W Venezuela.
[yoo-kuh-tan; Spanish yoo-kah-tahn]
- a peninsula in SE Mexico and N Central America comprising parts of SE Mexico, N Guatemala, and Belize.
- a state in SE Mexico, in N Yucatán Peninsula. 14,868 sq. mi. (38,510 sq. km). Capital: Mérida.
Also Yu·ca·tan [yoo-kuh-tan] /ˌyu kəˈtæn/.
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Examples from the Web for merida
Anonymous source at Kremlin, dressed as Princess Merida, denies Russian version of GPS will be called GulagMaps.P.J. O’Rourke on Foreign Policy and France, Hold the Swiss
P. J. O’Rourke
January 17, 2014
The official date of the founding of the city of Merida was Jan. 6, 1542.The Maya Chronicles
The capital city, Merida, lies in the north-west part of the state.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
The crop of sisal-hemp is shipped mainly from Progresso and Merida.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
And Merida is in no sense a noble city; never has been and never can be.
There are hundreds of these cabs in Merida, and everybody uses them all the time.
- a city in SE Mexico, capital of Yucatán state: founded in 1542 on the site of the ancient Mayan city of T'ho; centre of the henequen industry; university. Pop: 919 000 (2005 est)
- a city in W Venezuela: founded in 1558 by Spanish conquistadores; University of Los Andes (1785). Pop: 319 000 (2005 est)
- a market town in W Spain, in Extremadura, on the Guadiana River: founded in 25 bc; became the capital of Lusitania and one of the chief cities of Iberia. Pop: 52 110 (2003 est)Latin name: Augusta Emerita
- a state of SE Mexico, occupying the N part of the Yucatán peninsula. Capital: Mérida. Pop: 1 655 707 (2000). Area: 39 340 sq km (15 186 sq miles)
- a peninsula of Central America between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, including the Mexican states of Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo, and part of Belize: a centre of Mayan civilization from about 100 bc to the 18th century. Area: about 181 300 sq km (70 000 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for merida
said to be from a local word meaning "massacre."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
It is the location of many Mayan ruins.
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