Nevada, Florida and Colorado are all Spanish adjectives.. Do you know what the

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  1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years ago

    Nevada, Florida and Colorado are all  Spanish adjectives..  Do you know what they mean?

  2. tsmog profile image82
    tsmogposted 3 years ago

    Not sure of Florida and Nevada. I know Colorado means red, although in conversation it means an off red many times.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Colorado does not mean red...sorry!

    2. tsmog profile image82
      tsmogposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I beg to differ with you! Spanish is pretty much a native language here in San Diego. It is used extensively.

    3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    4. tsmog profile image82
      tsmogposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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."

    5. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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".

    6. tsmog profile image82
      tsmogposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you . . .

    7. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Check out the response I left for Kristin Howe.  Turns out we both are right!!

  3. Kristen Howe profile image89
    Kristen Howeposted 3 years ago

    Nevada means snow, Florida means flourishing.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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

  4. connorj profile image79
    connorjposted 3 years ago

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    Since indeed the Spanish derived names for specific regions of territory, we are honored with states that have these descriptive terms.
    Nevada is a Spanish term meaning "Snowy", from Sierra Nevada, meaning "snow-capped range of mountains". Sierra means "a range of mountains. Colorado is a Spanish term meaning ruddy or red. The Spanish named it this because of the muddy red color of the appropriately named, Colorado River. Florida indeed is quite simple; it is a Spanish term meaning flowery or florid because of the abundance of flowery plants observed by Ponce de Leon many years ago.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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".

    2. connorj profile image79
      connorjposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Indeed I think ruddy is the key to this...

    3. Rochelle Frank profile image94
      Rochelle Frankposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I thought sierra meant "saw" (like the cutting tool) and the mountain range was named for its jagged sawtooth peaks.

    4. connorj profile image79
      connorjposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Rochelle, I believe you may indeed be correct, I should have texted: Sierra refers to a specific range of mountains...

    5. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Google defines "sierra" as a long, jagged mountain chain

  5. MonkeyShine75 profile image74
    MonkeyShine75posted 3 years ago

    This is what I found about it
    Nevada comes from the Spanish word nieve meaning "snow-capped."

    Nevada is known by the three following nicknames: "Battle-Born State", "Sagebrush State" and the "Silver State". played an important part in state history


    Florida was named Pascua Florida by explorer Ponce de Leon on Easter in 1513. It means "Flowery Easter" or "Flowering Easter" (after Spain's "Feast of the Flowers" Easter celebration)

    Colorado is of Spanish origin, meaning "colored red." In 1861 congress chose Colorado as the name for the Territory

 
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