from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A church built after 1744 as part of a Spanish mission in San Antonio, Texas, and converted to a fort in the early 1800s. During the Texas Revolution against Mexican rule, it was besieged (February 23 to March 6, 1836) by the Mexican army, who killed all the members of the Texas garrison.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Spanish name of the poplar-tree: applied in Texas and westward, as in Mexico, to species of the cottonwood (Populus).

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  • proper noun An fort in San Antonio, Texas, USA, site of the Battle of the Alamo.

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  • noun a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico


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From Spanish álamo ("cottonwood tree").


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