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Utah

[yoo-taw, -tah]
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  1. a state in the W United States. 84,916 sq. mi. (219,930 sq. km). Capital: Salt Lake City. Abbreviation: UT (for use with zip code), Ut.
  2. Military. the World War II Allies' code name for the easternmost of the D-Day invasion beaches on France's Normandy coast, assaulted by American troops.
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Related formsU·tah·an, U·tahn [yoo-tawn, tahn] /ˈyu tɔn, tɑn/, adjective, noun
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Utah

noun
  1. a state of the western US: settled by Mormons in 1847; situated in the Great Basin and the Rockies, with the Great Salt Lake in the northwest; mainly arid and mountainous. Capital: Salt Lake City. Pop: 2 351 467 (2003 est). Area: 212 628 sq km (82 096 sq miles)Abbreviation: Ut, (with zip code) UT
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Word Origin and History for utah

Utah

U.S. teritory organized 1850 (admitted as a state 1896), from Spanish yuta, name of the indigenous Uto-Aztecan people of the Great Basin (Modern English Ute), perhaps from Western Apache (Athabaskan) yudah "high" (in reference to living in the mountains).

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utah in Culture

Utah

State in the western United States bordered by Idaho and Wyoming to the north, Colorado to the east, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. Its capital and largest city is Salt Lake City.

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The Great Salt Lake is located in the northwestern part of the state.

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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, founded the state and to a large extent still dominate it.
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