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Quito

[kee-taw]
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noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Ecuador, in the N part. 9348 feet (2849 meters) above sea level.
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Ecuador

[ek-wuh-dawr]
noun
  1. a republic in NW South America. 109,483 sq. mi. (283,561 sq. km). Capital: Quito.
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Related formsEc·ua·do·ran, Ec·ua·dor·e·an, Ec·ua·do·ri·an, adjective, nounpro-Ec·ua·dor, adjective
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  • Rohjas Salced, making a forced march from Quito, raised the siege.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • In the meantime I should say that my mother had rejoined my father at Quito.

  • Had they been seized and carried off to Quito, or had they made their escape?

  • Under his management the tribes as far north as Quito were reduced to tribute.

  • It is situated on the river Curasari, 30 leagues from its mouth, and 240 from Quito.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft


British Dictionary definitions for quito

Quito

noun
  1. the capital of Ecuador, in the north at an altitude of 2850 m (9350 ft), just south of the equator: the oldest capital in South America, existing many centuries before the Incan conquest in 1487; a cultural centre since the beginning of Spanish rule (1534); two universities. Pop: 1 514 000 (2005 est)
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Ecuador

noun
  1. a republic in South America, on the Pacific: under the Incas when Spanish colonization began in 1532; gained independence in 1822; declared a republic in 1830. It consists chiefly of a coastal plain in the west, separated from the densely forested upper Amazon basin (Oriente) by ranges and plateaus of the Andes. Official language: Spanish; Quechua is also widely spoken. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Quito. Pop: 15 439 429 (2013 est). Area: 283 560 sq km (109 483 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for quito

Ecuador

from the Spanish form of equator (which runs through it). Before 1830 the region bore the name of its chief city, Quito, which is from the name of a now-extinct native people, of unknown meaning. Related: Ecuadorian; Ecuadorean.

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Ecuador

[(ek-wuh-dawr)]

Republic in western South America, bordered by Colombia to the north, Peru to the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its landscape is dominated by the Andes. Quito is its capital, and Guayaquil is its largest city.

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