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panama

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noun pan·a·ma \ˈpa-nə-ˌmä, -ˌmȯ\

Definition of panama

  1. :  a lightweight hat of natural-colored straw hand-plaited of narrow strips from the young leaves of the jipijapa; also :  a machine-made imitation of this



Origin of panama

American Spanish panamá, from Panama, Central America


First Known Use: 1848


Panama

geographical name Pan·a·ma \ˈpa-nə-ˌmä, -ˌmȯ, ˌpa-nə-ˈ; ˌpä-nä-ˈmä\

Definition of Panama

  1. 1 country S Central America; a republic; before 1903 part of Colombia area (including Canal Zone) 30,765 square miles (79,681 square kilometers), pop 3,300,000

  2. 2 or Panama City city & port, its ∗, on Gulf of Panama pop 411,549

  3. 3 ship canal 51 miles (82 kilometers) cen Panama connecting the Atlantic (Caribbean Sea) & the Pacific (Gulf of Panama)

Pan·a·ma·ni·an play \ˌpa-nə-ˈmā-nē-ən\ adjective or noun




PANAMA Defined for Kids

Panama

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geographical name Pan·a·ma \ˈpa-nə-ˌmä, -ˌmȯ, ˌpa-nə-ˈmä, -ˈmȯ\

Definition of Panama

  1. 2 or Panama City city, its capital on the Pacific

  2. 3 canal 40 mi. (64 km.) long Panama connecting Atlantic & Pacific oceans




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