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West Virginia

West Virginia

 
pronunciation:
west vr jIn y
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part of speech: noun
definition: an eastern U.S. state northwest of Virginia. (abbr.: WV)
derivation: West Virginian (n.)
Word History
West Virginia was part of Virginia until 1863. Forty counties formed a new state during the Civil War in order to remain part of the Union (the northern United States). Virginia was named for the "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I of England.