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  1. (noun, object) a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring
  2. (noun, location) a town in west central Tennessee
  3. (noun, location) capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina
  4. (noun, location) a university town in central Missouri
  5. (noun, artifact) a university in New York City

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Columbia

  1. poetic name for United States of America, earlier for the British colonies there, 1730s, also the nation's female personification, from name of Christopher Columbus (also see Colombia) with Latin "country" ending -ia. A popular name for places and institutions in the U.S. in the post-Revolutionary years, when former tributes to king and crown were out of fashion: e.g. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Columbia

c-clamp, clam up, clamp, clean up, cleanup, climb, climb up, clomp, clump, colombia, colombo, columba, columbo, coulomb

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