noun \kə-ˈləm-bē-ə\

Definition of COLUMBIA

:  the United States

Origin of COLUMBIA

New Latin, from Christopher Columbus
First Known Use: 1775


geographical name \kə-ˈləm-bē-ə\

Definition of COLUMBIA

river 1214 miles (1953 kilometers) SW Canada & NW United States rising in SE British Columbia & flowing S & W into the Pacific
city cen Missouri pop 108,500
city W cen South Carolina, its pop 129,272
city cen Tennessee pop 34,681
Co·lum·bi·an \-bē-ən\ adjective or noun


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2000: 116,278), capital of South Carolina, U.S. Located in the centre of the state on the Congaree River, it dates from 1786, when a town was laid out to replace Charleston as the state capital. During the American Civil War, it was a transportation centre and the seat of many Confederate agencies; in 1865 it was occupied by Union troops and virtually destroyed by fire. Rebuilt after the war, it developed a diversified economy based on government, industry, and agriculture. Cotton, peaches, and tobacco are important crops in the surrounding area. It is the seat of the University of South Carolina.


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