38th state of the United States of America, admitted to the Union in 1876. Located in the Midwestern United States, rectangular in shape, bounded on the north by Wyoming and Nebraska, on the east by Nebraska and Kansas, on the south by New Mexico and Oklahoma, and on the west by Utah. Roughly bisected in a north-south direction by the Rocky Mountains.

The origin of the name "Colorado" is Spanish for "colored red." The name first referred to the Colorado River.

Population (2000): 4,250,000 (est.)
State capital: Denver
State nickname: The Centennial State
State motto: Nil sine numine (Nothing without Providence)
State animal: Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
State bird: Lark bunting
State fish: Greenback cutthroat trout
State flower: Blue columbine
State folk dance: Square dance
State fossil: Stegosaurus
State gemstone: Aquamarine
State grass: Blue Grama grass
State insect: Colorado hairstreak butterfly
State tree: Colorado blue spruce

Sources: New York Public Library Desk Reference, State of Colorado home page at http://www.state.co.us

Col`o*ra"do (?), a. [Sp., red.]


Reddish; -- often used in proper names of rivers or creeks.

[Southwestern U. S.]


Medium in color and strength; -- said of cigars.



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