from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of east-central Mexico on the Gulf of Mexico east of Puebla. Founded in 1599 on a site visited earlier (1519) by Hernando Cortés, it was frequently sacked by buccaneers in the 17th and 18th centuries. U.S. troops led by Gen. Winfield Scott captured the city in 1847 during the Mexican-American War. It is a large port and a tourist resort. Population: 444,000.

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  • proper n. A state of Mexico.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a major Mexican port on the Gulf of Mexico in the state of Veracruz


Spanish, meaning true cross. (Wiktionary)



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