Yucatán

[ yoo-kuh-tan; Spanish yoo-kah-tahn ]
/ ˌyu kəˈtæn; Spanish ˌyu kɑˈtɑn /
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noun

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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Yucatán

/ (ˌjuːkəˈtɑːn, Spanish jukaˈtan) /

noun

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)
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Word Origin and History for yucatan

Yucatan


said to be from a local word meaning "massacre."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for yucatan

Yucatán

[ (yooh-kuh-tan, yooh-kuh-tahn) ]

Peninsula mostly in southeastern Mexico, separating the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico.

Note

It is the location of many Mayan ruins.
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