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Oregon

Or·e·gon

Oregon

 
pronunciation:
o r gn [or] a r gn [or] o r gan [or] a r gan
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part of speech: noun
definition: a northwestern U.S. state on the Pacific coast between Washington and California. (abbr.: OR)
derivation: Oregonian (n.)
Word History
No one is sure where the word Oregoncame from. It may be based on ouragon, the French version of a Native American name for the Columbia River. Or it may come from ouisconsink, a Native American name for the Wisconsin River. The name "Oregon" became popular around 1843, when white settlers began using the Oregon Trail to reach the northwest.