Pronunciation: (ver"u-krOOz'; Sp. be"rä-krOOs'), [key]
1. a state in E Mexico, on the Gulf of Mexico. 4,917,000; 27,759 sq. mi. (71,895 sq. km). Cap.: Jalapa.
2. a seaport in this state: the chief port of Mexico. 289,000. Formerly, Ve'ra Cruz'.
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