colonia

noun
co·lon·ia | \kōˈlōnyä\
plural -s

Definition of colonia 

: an unincorporated settlement (as of Mexican-Americans or Mexicans) in the U.S. usually near the Mexican border that typically has poor services and squalid conditions

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History and Etymology for colonia

Mexican Spanish, suburb, from Spanish, colony, residential development, from Latin

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