Lima

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Li·ma

\ˈlē-mə\

Definition of LIMA

—a communications code word for the letter l

First Known Use of LIMA

1952

Li·ma

geographical name

Definition of LIMA

1
\ˈlī-mə\ city NW Ohio pop 38,771
2
\ˈlē-mə\ city of Peru on the Rímac pop 5,825,900

Lima

geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop. 2007: metro. area, 8,472,935), capital of Peru. It is located inland from the Pacific Ocean port of Callao and near the Andes Mountains. Its nickname, El Pulpo (“The Octopus”), refers to its sprawling metropolitan area. It was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 on the feast of the Epiphany, prompting the name Ciudad de los Reyes (“City of Kings”), but the name never took. Lima later became the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1746 but was rebuilt. It grew rapidly during the 20th century and now accounts for nearly one-third of Peru's total population. It is the country's economic and cultural centre. Historic sites include the cathedral (begun in the 16th century) and the National University of San Marcos (1551).

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