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Cos·ta Ri·ca(kŏs′tə rē′kə, kô′stə, kō′-)
A country of Central America between Panama and Nicaragua. Although Christopher Columbus reached Costa Rica in 1502, Spanish conquest of the native peoples of the area did not begin until 1563. The country achieved independence from Spain in 1821 as part of Mexican territory and declared itself a sovereign republic in 1838. San José is the capital and the largest city.
Cos′ta Ri′can (rē′kən) adj. & n.
Costa Rican(ˈkɒstə ˈriːkən)
(Placename) of or relating to Costa Rica or its inhabitants
(Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Costa Rica
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|Noun||1.||Costa Rican - a native or inhabitant of Costa Rica|
Costa Rica, Republic of Costa Rica - a republic in Central America; one of the most politically stable countries in Latin America
Central American - a native or inhabitant of Central America
|Adj.||1.||Costa Rican - of or relating to Costa Rica or its people; "the Costa Rican rain forest"; "our Costa Rican neighbors"|