from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of northern South America on the Caribbean Sea. Inhabited by a variety of Arawakan and other peoples, the region was discovered by Columbus in 1498 and settled beginning in the 1520s, becoming part of the Spanish colony (later viceroyalty) of New Granada. Venezuela won independence in 1821 in federation with Colombia and Ecuador and broke away to form a separate country in 1830. Caracas is the capital and Maracaibo the largest city. Population: 26,000,000.
- Gulf ofVenezuela An inlet of the Caribbean Sea between northwest Venezuela and northern Colombia. It extends southward as Lake Maracaibo.
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- proper n. A country in South America. Official name: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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- n. a republic in northern South America on the Caribbean; achieved independence from Spain in 1811; rich in oil
Italian Veneziola, diminutive of Venezia ("Venice"), after the stilt houses reminiscent of Venetian architecture. (Wiktionary)