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Flor·i·da(flôr′ĭ-də, flŏr′-) Abbr. FL or Fla.
A state of the southeast United States bordering on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. It was admitted as the 27th state in 1845. The peninsula was explored by Juan Ponce de León in 1513 and became the center of a Spanish settlement that included the southeast part of the present-day United States. Spain finally ceded the area in 1819. Tallahassee is the capital.
Flo·rid′i·an (flə-rĭd′ē-ən), Flor′i·dan (-ĭd-n) adj.
1. (Placename) a state of the southeastern US, between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico: consists mostly of a low-lying peninsula ending in the Florida Keys a chain of small islands off the coast of S Florida, extending southwest for over 160 km (100 miles). Capital: Tallahassee. Pop: 17 019 068 (2003 est). Area: 143 900 sq km (55 560 sq miles). Abbreviation: Fla. or FL (with zip code)
2. (Placename) Straits of Florida a sea passage between the Florida Keys and Cuba, linking the Atlantic with the Gulf of Mexico
Flor•i•da(ˈflɔr ɪ də, ˈflɒr-)
a state in the SE United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. 15,982,378; 58,560 sq. mi. (151,670 sq. km). Cap.: Tallahassee. Abbr.: FL, Fla.
Flo•rid•i•an (fləˈrɪd i ən) Flor′i•dan, adj. n.
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|Noun||1.||Florida - a state in southeastern United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War|
Caloosahatchee Canal - a canal that connects Lake Okeechobee with the Caloosahatchee River in southern Florida to form part of the Cross-Florida Waterway
Biscayne National Park - a national park in Florida having underwater coral reefs and marine life
Everglades National Park - a national park in Florida containing an immense subtropical wilderness with mangrove swamps and rare birds and wild animals
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
Gulf States - a region of the United States comprising states bordering the Gulf of Mexico; Alabama and Florida and Louisiana and Mississippi and Texas
Confederacy, Confederate States, Confederate States of America, Dixie, Dixieland, South - the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
Daytona Beach - a resort town in northeast Florida on the Atlantic coast; hard white beaches have been used for automobile speed trials
Fort Lauderdale - a city in southeast Florida on the Atlantic coast to the north of Miami; a favorite place for college students to go on their spring vacations
Fort Myers - a town in southwest Florida
Gainesville - a university town in north central Florida
Jacksonville - Florida's largest city; a port and important commercial center in northeastern Florida
Key West - a town on the westernmost of the Florida keys in the Gulf of Mexico
Melbourne - a resort town in east central Florida
Miami - a city and resort in southeastern Florida on Biscayne Bay; the best known city in Florida; a haven for retirees and a refuge for Cubans fleeing Castro
Miami Beach - a city in southeastern Florida on an island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean; known for fashionable resort hotels
Orlando - a city in central Florida; site of Walt Disney World
Palm Beach - a resort town in southeast Florida on an island on the Atlantic coast
Panama City - a resort and fishing town on the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida
Pensacola - a town in extreme northwest Florida
Sarasota - a town in west central Florida on the Gulf of Mexico
Saint Augustine, St. Augustine - a resort city in northeastern Florida; the oldest city in the United States
Tampa - a resort city in western Florida; located on Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico
West Palm Beach - a town in southeast Florida on the mainland opposite Palm Beach; founded as a commercial center for Palm Beach
Apalachicola, Apalachicola River - a river in northwestern Florida formed by the confluence of the Chattahoochee River and the Flint River at the Florida border
Biscayne Bay - a narrow bay formed by an inlet from the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Florida
Caloosahatchee, Caloosahatchee River - a river in southern Florida that flows westerly to the Gulf of Mexico; forms the western end of the Cross-Florida Waterway
Cape Canaveral, Cape Kennedy - a sandy promontory (formerly Cape Kennedy) extending into the Atlantic Ocean from a barrier island off the eastern coast of Florida; the site of a NASA center for spaceflight
Everglades - a large subtropical swamp in southern Florida that is noted for its wildlife
Okefenokee Swamp - a large swampy area of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia
Saint Johns, Saint Johns River, St. Johns, St. Johns River - a river in northeastern Florida that flows northward to Jacksonville and then eastward to empty into the Atlantic Ocean
Tampa Bay - an arm of the Gulf of Mexico in west central Florida