island of British Columbia, Canada, off the SW coast: 12,408 sq mi
(32,137 sq km)
seaport in SW Wash
., on the Columbia River, opposite Portland
, Oreg.: pop. 144,000
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Word origin of 'Vancouver'after Capt. George Vancouver (1757-98), Brit explorer