from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A state of the western United States on the Pacific Ocean. It was admitted as the 31st state in 1850. The area was colonized by the Spanish and formally ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848). California is often called the Golden State because of its sunny climate and the discovery of gold during its pioneering days. Sacramento is the capital and Los Angeles the largest city. Population: 36,600,000.
- Gulf ofCalifornia An arm of the Pacific Ocean in northwest Mexico separating Baja California from the mainland.
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- proper n. A western coastal state of the United States of America. Capital: Sacramento.
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- n. a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
Probably Spanish after California, a Utopian island of the Amazons described in Las Sergas de Esplandián, a 16th century Spanish novel. (Wiktionary)