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Ohio

[oh-hahy-oh]
noun
  1. a state in the NE central United States: a part of the Midwest. 41,222 sq. mi. (106,765 sq. km). Capital: Columbus. Abbreviation: OH (for use with zip code), O.
  2. a river formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, flowing SW from Pittsburgh, Pa., to the Mississippi in S Illinois. 981 miles (1580 km) long.
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Related formsO·hi·o·an, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of ohio

  • "He means the Ohio," explained the Iroquois to the children.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • "It's a cinch he don't know about that pill-thrower back in Ohio," added Cal.

  • A man in Gilroy, Ohio, would take the trick which decided the game.

  • An Ohio regiment, which can also deal with Slade if it catches him, will defile to the left.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • "I don't think they'll keep on retreating forever, Ohio," he said.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler


British Dictionary definitions for ohio

Ohio

noun
  1. a state of the central US, in the Midwest on Lake Erie: consists of prairies in the W and the Allegheny plateau in the E, the Ohio River forming the S and most of the E borders. Capital: Columbus. Pop: 11 435 798 (2003 est). Area: 107 044 sq km (41 330 sq miles)Abbreviation and zip code: OH
  2. a river in the eastern US, formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers at Pittsburgh: flows generally W and SW to join the Mississippi at Cairo, Illinois, as its chief E tributary. Length: 1570 km (975 miles)
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Word Origin and History for ohio

Ohio

originally used of the river, from Seneca (Iroquoian) ohi:yo', proper name from ohi:yo:h, literally "good river." The Seneca also used this of the Allegheny, which they considered the headwaters of the Ohio. Related: Ohian (1819); Ohioan (1818).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ohio in Culture

Ohio

State in the northern United States bordered by Michigan and Lake Erie to the north, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to the east, West Virginia and Kentucky to the south, and Indiana to the west. Its capital is Columbus, and its largest city is Cleveland.

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