Peoria

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Pe·o·ria

geographical name \pē-ˈr-ē-ə\

Definition of PEORIA

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town SW cen Arizona pop 108,364
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city N cen Illinois on Illinois River pop 112,936

Peoria

geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2000: 112,936), central Illinois, U.S. The city is situated where the Illinois River widens to form Peoria Lake. The first settlement on the site was a French fort established in 1680 by the French explorer La Salle. Later settlements were by the French, Indians, and other colonists. It was incorporated as a city in 1845. It is a major port, trade, and shipping centre for a large agricultural area. It is highly industrialized, and its products include earth-moving equipment and chemicals.

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