Mo·​go·​llon ˌmə-gə-ˈyōn How to pronounce Mogollon (audio)
: a prehistoric Indigenous people inhabiting the mountains of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico
Above the creek, ancestral Puebloans, known as Mogollon, once lived. … The Mogollon abandoned these canyons in the 15th century, perhaps done in by an extended drought.Jim Robbins
also : the culture of the Mogollon
Meanwhile, in the south, a Puebloan culture called Mogollon took hold. Over time, Mogollon kivas grew smaller, rectangular and even more private. Annalee Newitz

Examples of Mogollon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The property is at the base of the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson. Catherine Reagor, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2024 Flash flood wipes out bridge, kills 23 in 1970 A flash flood in the Mogollon Rim area killed 23 and washed out bridges on Labor Day in 1970. Dylan Wickman, The Arizona Republic, 28 Mar. 2024 The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for these altitudes until Friday at 9 p.m., including areas of the Kaibab Plateau, Coconino Plateau, western Mogollon Rim, Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons, along with the cities of Jacob Lake and Grand Canyon Village. The Arizona Republic, 15 Mar. 2024 Around 8 inches of snow are likely north of the Mogollon Rim and toward the the San Juans and southern Colorado Rockies. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2024 After that, the cycle repeats to a lesser degree at higher elevations with late spring blooms popping up in the Verde Valley and Mogollon Rim Country where more rain fell during the winter, creating some interesting potential for an amazing year. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2024 The storm system that impacted parts of California on Wednesday will bring possible isolated flooding along the Mogollon Rim of northern Arizona through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2024 The Sonoran Desert is a sprawling geographical region that encompasses Southern Arizona up to the Mogollon Rim, the southeastern corner of California, the entire state of Sonora, Mexico, the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, and the Gulf of California and its islands. Devorah Lev-Tov, Travel + Leisure, 8 Feb. 2024 The forecast generally indicates 4 to 8 inches of snow in elevations at about 5,000 feet and 8 to 12 inches in the higher mountain peaks of the eastern Mogollon Rim north of Payson. Dylan Wickman, The Arizona Republic, 7 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Mogollon, mountain range and plateau in New Mexico

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mogollon was in 1855

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“Mogollon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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