One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A land mass of the western hemisphere consisting of the continents of North and South America joined by the Isthmus of Panama.
- 1.1 Used as a name for the United States.
The name America dates from the early 16th century and is believed to derive from the Latin form ( Americus) of the name of Amerigo Vespucci, who sailed along the west coast of South America in 1501.
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