from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A state of the south-central United States. It was admitted as the 28th state in 1845. Explored by the Spanish in the 16th and 17th centuries, the region became a province of Mexico in the early 19th century. Texans won their independence in 1836 after a gallant but losing stand at the Alamo in February and a defeat of Santa Anna's forces at the Battle of San Jacinto (April 21). Denied admission as a state by antislavery forces in the U.S. Congress, the leaders of Texas formed an independent republic that lasted until 1845. Austin is the capital and Houston the largest city. Population: 23,900,000.
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- proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Austin.
From Spanish Texas (also Tejas), from Hasinai Caddo táyshaʔ ("friend, ally"), used to refer to the Caddo nation. (Wiktionary)