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Cal·i·for·nia

 (kăl′ĭ-fôr′nyə, -fôr′nē-ə)
Abbr. CA or Cal. or Calif.
A state of the western United States on the Pacific Ocean. It was admitted as the 31st state in 1850. The area was colonized by the Spanish and formally ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848). California is often called the Golden State because of its sunny climate and the discovery of gold during its pioneering days. Sacramento is the capital and Los Angeles the largest city.

Cal′i·for′nian adj. & n.

California

(ˌkælɪˈfɔːnɪə)
n
1. (Placename) a state on the W coast of the US: the third largest state in area and the largest in population; consists of a narrow, warm coastal plain rising to the Coast Range, deserts in the south, the fertile central valleys of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada in the east; major industries include the growing of citrus fruits and grapes, fishing, oil production, electronics, information technology, and films. Capital: Sacramento. Pop: 35 484 453 (2003 est). Area: 411 015 sq km (158 693 sq miles). Abbreviation: Cal., Calif. or CA (with zip code)
2. (Placename) Gulf of California an arm of the Pacific Ocean, between Sonora and Lower California

Cal•i•for•nia

(ˌkæl əˈfɔrn yə, -ˈfɔr ni ə)

n.
1. a state in the W United States, on the Pacific coast. 33,871,648; 158,693 sq. mi. (411,015 sq. km). Cap.: Sacramento. Abbr.: CA, Cal., Calif.
2. Gulf of, an arm of the Pacific Ocean, extending NW between the coast of W Mexico and the peninsula of Baja California. ab. 750 mi. (1207 km) long; 62,600 sq. mi. (162,100 sq. km).
Cal`i•for′nian, adj., n.
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Noun1.California - a state in the western United States on the PacificCalifornia - a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
Achomawi - a community of Native Americans who speak a Hokan language and live in northeastern California
southwestern United States, Southwest - the southwestern region of the United States generally including New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, and sometimes Utah and Colorado
Channel Islands National Park - a national park in California featuring sea birds and marine life
Kings Canyon National Park - a national park in California that has giant sequoia trees and alpine lakes and glaciers
Lassen Volcanic National Park - a national park in California having mountains and volcanic lakes and hot springs
Redwood National Park - a national park in California featuring a redwood forest and Pacific Ocean coastline
Sequoia National Park - a national park in California that includes Mount Whitney
Yosemite National Park - a national park in California famous for its waterfalls and rock formations
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
Anaheim - a city in southern California (southeast of Los Angeles); site of Disneyland
Bakersfield - a city in south central California at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley
Barstow - a town in southeastern California
Berkeley - a city in California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay; site of the University of California at Berkeley
Beverly Hills - a city in southwestern California surrounded by Los Angeles; home of many Hollywood actors
Chula Vista - an industrial city in southern California (south of San Diego) near the Mexican border
Eureka - a town in northwest California on an arm of the Pacific Ocean
Fresno - a city in south central California in the San Joaquin Valley; center of an important agricultural area and gateway to the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Long Beach - a city in southern California located on 8.5 miles of Pacific beachfront; was a resort until oil was discovered in 1921
City of the Angels, Los Angeles - a city in southern California; motion picture capital of the world; most populous city of California and second largest in the United States
Monterey - a town in western California to the south of San Francisco on a peninsula at the southern end of Monterey Bay
Oakland - a city in western California on San Francisco Bay opposite San Francisco; primarily and industrial urban center
Palo Alto - a university town in California
Pasadena - a city in southwestern California to the east of Los Angeles
Redding - a town in north central California on the Sacramento River
Riverside - a city in southern California
capital of California, Sacramento - a city in north central California 75 miles to the northeast of San Francisco on the Sacramento River; capital of California
San Bernardino - a city in southern California to the east of Los Angeles
San Diego - a picturesque city of southern California on San Diego Bay near the Mexican border; site of an important naval base
San Francisco - a port in western California near the Golden Gate that is one of the major industrial and transportation centers; it has one of the world's finest harbors; site of the Golden Gate Bridge
San Jose - a city in western California located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay to the south of San Francisco; a center for computer and electronics industries
San Mateo - a town in California to the south of San Francisco
San Pablo - a town in western California to the north of Oakland on an arm of San Francisco Bay
Santa Ana - a city in southern California to the east of Long Beach
Santa Barbara - a town in southwestern California on the Pacific Ocean
Santa Clara - a city of west central California; residential area with light industry
Santa Cruz - a town in western California on Monterey Bay; a tourist center
Big Sur - a picturesque coastal region of California to the south of San Francisco
Silicon Valley - a region in California to the south of San Francisco that is noted for its concentration of high-technology industries
Colorado Desert - an arid region of southeastern California
Death Valley - a desert area that is part of the Mojave Desert in eastern California and southwestern Nevada; contains the lowest point in North America
Mohave Desert, Mojave Desert, Mohave, Mojave - a desert area in southern California and western Arizona
Lake Tahoe - a lake on the border between Nevada and California to the west of Carson City; a popular resort area
Donner Pass - a mountain pass in northeastern California near Lake Tahoe; site where in 1844 some members of an emigrant party survived by eating those who had died
Translations
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California
Kalifornia
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Kalifornien

California

[ˌkælɪˈfɔːnɪə] NCalifornia f

California

[ˌkælɪˈfɔːrniə] nCalifornie f

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References in classic literature ?
They're almost as big as the giant redwoods of California, and yet they were bowled over as if they were tenpins.
Why should he work for his living here, or go to dig gold in California, when he is so soon to be made happy, at monthly intervals, with a little pile of glittering coin out of his Uncle's pocket?
And then the farmer in Maine or California or Texas would buy this, at say twenty-five dollars a ton, and plant it with his corn; and for several days after the operation the fields would have a strong odor, and the farmer and his wagon and the very horses that had hauled it would all have it too.
It is as I told you in my other letter: both my poor sister and her husband, when they found they could not recover, expressed the wish that you should have their little Catherine - as knowing that you would presently be retired from the army - rather than that she should remain with me, who am broken in health, or go to your mother in California, whose health is also frail.
He was a middle-aged, simple-hearted miner who had lived in a lonely corner of California, among the woods and mountains, a good many years, and had studied the ways of his only neighbors, the beasts and the birds, until he believed he could accurately translate any remark which they made.
Well, do you think of settling in the California department of bliss?
Part of the property of the city of Telephonia consists of ten million poles, as many as would make a fence from New York to California, or put a stockade around Texas.
It was thus, with no rising sense of the adventurous, but in mere desolation and despair, that he turned his back on his native city, and set out on foot for California, with a more immediate eye to Glasgow.
Impatience grew apace, when, on the 2nd of July, they learned that a steamer of the line of San Francisco, from California to Shanghai, had seen the animal three weeks before in the North Pacific Ocean.
There was a full complement of passengers on board, among them English, many Americans, a large number of coolies on their way to California, and several East Indian officers, who were spending their vacation in making the tour of the world.
The consequence is that the Rocky Mountains and the ulterior regions, from the Russian possessions in the north down to the Spanish settlements of California, have been traversed and ransacked in every direction by bands of hunters and Indian traders; so that there is scarcely a mountain pass, or defile, that is not known and threaded in their restless migrations, nor a nameless stream that is not haunted by the lonely trapper.
Their trade extended along the whole coast from California to the high northern latitudes.