from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of Central America between Panama and Nicaragua. Although Christopher Columbus reached Costa Rica in 1502, Spanish conquest of the area did not begin until 1563. The country achieved independence from Spain in 1821 as part of Mexican territory and declared itself a sovereign republic in 1838. San José is the capital and the largest city. Population: 4,130,000.
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- proper n. A country in Central America; Official name: Republic of Costa Rica. Capital San José.
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- n. a republic in Central America; one of the most politically stable countries in Latin America
From Spanish rica ("rich"), costa ("coast"). (Wiktionary)