panama

noun, often capitalized pan·a·ma \ ˈpa-nə-ˌmä , -ˌmȯ \

Definition of panama

: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

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Origin and Etymology of panama

American Spanish panamá, from Panama, Central America


Panama

geographical name Pan·a·ma \ ˈpa-nə-ˌmä , -ˌmȯ , ˌpa-nə-ˈ ; ˌpä-nä-ˈmä \
variants: or Spanish Panamá

Definition of Panama

1 country in southernmost Central America between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific; a republic; before 1903 part of Colombia area (including Canal Zone) 30,765 square miles (79,681 square kilometers), population 3,405,813
2 or Panama City city, port on the Gulf of Panama, and capital of Panama population 430,000
3 ship canal 51 miles (82 kilometers) long in central Panama connecting the Atlantic (via the Caribbean Sea) and the Pacific (via the Gulf of Panama)

Panamanian

play \ˌpa-nə-ˈmā-nē-ən\ adjective or noun


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