from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of southeast South America on the Atlantic Ocean and the Río de la Plata. The area was first settled in the 1600s by the Spanish and Portuguese, with Spain establishing sole dominance after 1724. Uruguay declared independence from Spain in 1810 and from Argentina in 1814, struggling against Brazillian occupation to finally achieve independent nationhood in 1828. Montevideo is the capital and the largest city. Population: 3,460,000.
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- proper n. a country in South America. Official name: Oriental Republic of Uruguay
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- n. a South American republic on the southeast coast of South America; achieved independence from Brazil in 1825
Disputed; Guaraní urugua ("shellfish") i ("water") or uru ("kind of bird") gua ("from") i ("water"). (Wiktionary)