1. Southern state of the SE U.S., mostly on a peninsula between the Atlantic & the Gulf of Mexico: admitted, 1845; 53,927 sq mi (139,670 sq km); pop. 15,982,000; cap. Tallahasseeabbrev. FL or Fla
2. Straits ofstrait between the S tip of Fla. & Cuba on the south & the Bahamas on the southeast: it connects the Atlantic & the Gulf of Mexico
: also called Florida Strait
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Word origin of 'Florida'
Sp < L, lit., abounding in flowers < flos
): see bloom1
: so named by Ponce de León