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A country of northwest South America on the Pacific Ocean. Once part of the Inca Empire, it was conquered by the Spanish in 1534 and later became subject to Peru and New Granada. The area achieved independence from Spain in 1822 but formed a part of Greater Colombia until 1830, when it became a separate country. Quito is the capital and Guayaquil the largest city.
Ec′ua·dor′i·an adj. & n.
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|Noun||1.||Ecuadorian - a native or inhabitant of Ecuador |
Ecuador, Republic of Ecuador - a republic in northwestern South America; became independent from Spain in 1822; the landscape is dominated by the Andes
South American - a native or inhabitant of South America
|Adj.||1.||Ecuadorian - of or relating to or characteristic of Ecuador or its people; "Ecuadorian folklore"|
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