from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to or designating the arid division of the Austral zone, including the warmer parts of the western United States and central Mexico. It is divided into the Upper Sonoran, which lies next to the Transition zone, and the Lower Sonoran, next to the Tropical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Sonora, Mexico.
  • Of or pertaining to a long-headed Indian type which is found in the state of Sonora and scattered over the southwestern parts of the United States.
  • n. A division of the supposed Uto-Aztecan linguistic family: equivalent to Piman.


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  • The ringleader was identified as a Sonoran gypsy, Armando “El Tomby” Ballester García, a wealthy Hermosillo resident who lives in a semi-posh neighborhood, Residencial Campanarios.

    Mexican Gyspy Kidnappers

  • It's actually called a Sonoran Hot Dog, but I guess that doesn't sound cool enough.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

  • Many wildlife species, such as Sonoran pronghorn antelopes (EN) (Antilocapra sonoriensis), desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) and the endemic Bailey's pocket mouse (Perognathus baileyi) use ironwood, cacti species and other vegetation as both shelters from the harsh climate and a water source.

    Sonoran desert

  • August was supposed to be the rainy season with monsoon rains drenching the thirsty Sonoran Desert, but so far the much-needed rains were absent although the rising humidity was not.

    Fatal Error

  • Sonoran police said Torres' three companions left his body outside the emergency room of the General Hospital in Nogales on the Mexico side of the border at around 3 a.m. local time and then left in a vehicle with tinted windows.

    Mexican teen dies after Arizona border incident

  • While the victim's body had numerous scrapes and bruises — apparently caused by falling onto a gravel pile on the Mexican side — Sonoran police said the autopsy determined that the bullet wound was the cause of death.

    Mexican teen dies after Arizona border incident

  • This took up over 7 hours of precious road time spent on bare asphalt in the middle of the Sonoran desert.

    Mission to Mexico

  • A lone crate lost from a passing vessel lies stranded on a Sonoran beach in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.

    A lone crate lost from a passing vessel lies stranded on a Sonoran beach in Mexico's Sea of Cortez. © Gerry Soroka, 2009

  • We really depend on them in places like Alamos and other small Sonoran towns. esperanza

    Hidden Restaurants - on the hunt

  • Now, with the Sonoran spring and summer bearing down on us, the back yard with its brick patio and ten foot high cinder block walls (I am aware they are not really cinder blocks) ... it is a pizza oven out there.

    Cinder block vs brick


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