- Geology. a Paleozoic landmass, the erosion of which provided the sediments to form the rocks of the .
- a region in the E United States, in the area of the S , usually including NE Alabama, NW Georgia, NW South Carolina, E Tennessee, W Virginia, E Kentucky, West Virginia, and SW Pennsylvania.
- a highland region of the eastern US, containing the Appalachian Mountains, extending from Pennsylvania to Alabama
“cultural and geographical region of inland Eastern U.S.,” 1880s, from the Appalachia was proposed as a better name for “United States of America” by Washington Irving in 1839 (though he preferred Alleghenia) and this may have been the coinage of the word.Mountains, which are its core. Earlier
It is a thousand pities that the puny witticisms of a few professional objectors should have the power to prevent, even for a year, the adoption of a name for our country. At present we have, clearly, none. There should be no hesitation about “Appalachia.” In the first place, it is distinctive. “America” is not, and can never be made so. We may legislate as much as we please, and assume for our country whatever name we think right — but to use it will be no name, to any purpose for which a name is needed, unless we can take it away from the regions which employ it at present. South America is “America,” and will insist upon remaining so. [Edgar Allan Poe, 1846]
A mountainous region in the eastern United States, running from northernto , and including parts of , , , , , , and all of .