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Good answer except that the discussion about Colorado meaning "red" is not exactly the case. As I said in my response to Kristen, Colorado in Spanish actually means "colored", but can also mean"red"...although the word for red is "rojo".
Indeed I think ruddy is the key to this...
I thought sierra meant "saw" (like the cutting tool) and the mountain range was named for its jagged sawtooth peaks.
Rochelle, I believe you may indeed be correct, I should have texted: Sierra refers to a specific range of mountains...
Google defines "sierra" as a long, jagged mountain chain
Colorado does not mean red...sorry!
I beg to differ with you! Spanish is pretty much a native language here in San Diego. It is used extensively.
That may be, but I am a certified Spanish teacher and can tell you that "colorado" does not mean "red". Rojo means "red". However, it is possible that the term may mean "red" where you live due to changes in meanng over time.
Quoting Google "Colorado is a Spanish adjective that means “red.” The early Spanish explorers in the Rocky Mountain region named a river they found the Rio Colorado for the reddish silt that the water carried down from the mountains."
If you look in a Spanish/English Dictionary you will see that Colorado means "highly colored" or "of many colors". All I can figure is that there must be different meanings for that word, but I have never heard it defined as "red".
Thank you . . .
Check out the response I left for Kristin Howe. Turns out we both are right!!
Colorado. named for the river, Spanish Rio Colorado, from colorado "ruddy, reddish," literally "colored," past participle of colorar "to color, dye, paint," from Latin colorare. Florida means flowered. Nevada: snowy