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[er-maw-see-yaw] /ˌɛr mɔˈsi yɔ/

a city in and the capital of Sonora, in NW Mexico.
[suh-nawr-uh, -nohr-uh; Spanish saw-naw-rah] /səˈnɔr ə, -ˈnoʊr ə; Spanish sɔˈnɔ rɑ/
a state in NW Mexico. 70,484 sq. mi. (182,555 sq. km).
Capital: Hermosillo.
/Spanish ɛrmoˈsiʎo/
a city in NW Mexico, capital of Sonora state, on the Sonora River: university (1938); winter resort and commercial centre for an agricultural and mining region. Pop: 668 000 (2005 est)
/Spanish soˈnora/
a state of NW Mexico, on the Gulf of California: consists of a narrow coastal plain rising inland to the Sierra Madre Occidental; an important mining area in colonial times. Capital: Hermosillo. Pop: 2 213 370 (2000). Area: 184 934 sq km (71 403 sq miles)

Mexican state, from Spanish sonora “sonorous” (from Latin sonoros; see sonorous), supposedly so called in reference to marble deposits there which rang when struck.


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