Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Orinoco: Orinoco River


A river of Venezuela flowing more than 2,415 km (1,500 mi), partly along the Colombia-Venezuela border, to the Atlantic Ocean. The mouth of the river was probably sighted by Columbus in 1498.


(Placename) a river in N South America, rising in S Venezuela and flowing west, then north as part of the border between Colombia and Venezuela, then east to the Atlantic by a great delta: the third largest river system in South America, draining an area of 945 000 sq km (365 000 sq miles); reaches a width of 22 km (14 miles) during the rainy season. Length: about 2575 km (1600 miles)


(ˌɔr əˈnoʊ koʊ, ˌoʊr-)

a river in N South America, flowing N from the border of Brazil through Venezuela to the Atlantic. 1600 mi. (2575 km) long.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Orinoco - a South American river 1,500 miles longOrinoco - a South American river 1,500 miles long; flows into the South Atlantic
Colombia, Republic of Colombia - a republic in northwestern South America with a coastline on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; achieved independence from Spain in 1821 under the leadership of Simon Bolivar; Spanish is the official language
Republic of Venezuela, Venezuela - a republic in northern South America on the Caribbean; achieved independence from Spain in 1811; rich in oil
References in classic literature ?
And this time he was not called back by the Queen, but although he reached South America and sailed up the Orinoco and the Caroni he "returned a beggar and withered"* without having found the fabled city.
In the Orinoco it occurs on the rocks periodically washed by the floods, and in those parts alone where the stream is rapid; or, as the Indians say, "the rocks are black where the waters are white.
Lawrence, the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Plata, the Orinoco, the Niger, the Senegal, the Elbe, the Loire, and the Rhine, which carry water from the most civilised, as well as from the most savage, countries
Summerlee might be interested to know that with the Orinoco, which communicated with it, some fifty thousand miles of country were opened up, and that in so vast a space it was not impossible for one person to find what another had missed.
Augustino; so that he found he was upon the coast of Guiana, or the north part of Brazil, beyond the river Amazon, toward that of the river Orinoco, commonly called the Great River; and began to consult with me what course he should take, for the ship was leaky, and very much disabled, and he was going directly back to the coast of Brazil.
We beat about a great while, and went on shore on several islands in the mouth of the great river Orinoco, but none for my purpose; only this I learned by my coasting the shore, that I was under one great mistake before, viz.
The valleys of the Ganges, the Nile, and the Shine having yielded their crop, it remains to be seen what the valleys of the Amazon, the Plate, the Orinoco, the St.
Orinoco Natural Resources and Epic Offshore Specialty have agreed to purchase from Tetra the remaining offshore leases of Maritech and Tetra's subsidiaries involved in these offshore businesses.
South African gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti will raise its stake in ASX-listed Orinoco Gold by participating in a capital raise.
Orinoco Gold has poured the first gold at its 70% owned Cascavel mine in Goias state, central Brazil.
Proposal of optimization of multimodal transportation of crushed stone from Bolivar state to Orinoco Oil Belt fields in Venezuela
1 global oil importer and the world's second biggest oil market which eventually is to receive 1m b/d of ultra-heavy syncrudes from the Orinoco Belt.