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Costa Rica

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Pronunciation: /ˌkɒstə ˈriːkə
 
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Definition of Costa Rica in English:

A republic in Central America on the Isthmus of Panama; population 4,253,900 (est. 2009); official language, Spanish; capital, San José.

Colonized by Spain in the early 16th century, Costa Rica achieved independence in 1823 and emerged as a separate country in 1838 after fourteen years within the United Provinces of Central America

Origin

Spanish, literally 'rich coast'.

Derivatives

Costa Rican

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adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • So I quickly enlisted the help of a Costa Rican guy in my student residence to help me go over the basics.
  • So I met some Costa Ricans and told them we need to start a company to bring better communications, better solutions, here to Costa Rica.
  • He presents the sounds of a Costa Rican rainforest as a continuous, booming, buzzing composition of reverberant living elements.

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