Nevada is a clipping of Sierra Nevada, the mountain range on the state’s western border that it shares with California. The name is from the Spanish sierra, mountain range, and nevada, snow-covered.1
1Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, edited by Philip Babcock Gove (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1993), 1522;
Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 374.
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