from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of northwest South America on the Pacific Ocean. Once part of the Incan Empire, it was conquered by the Spanish in 1534 and later became subject to Peru and New Granada. The area achieved independence from Spain in 1822 but formed a part of Greater Colombia until 1830, when it became a separate country. Quito is the capital and Guayaquil the largest city. Population: 13,800,000.
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- proper n. A country in South America. Official name: Republic of Ecuador.
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- n. a republic in northwestern South America; became independent from Spain in 1822; the landscape is dominated by the Andes
From Spanish ecuador ("equator"). (Wiktionary)