conventional long form: Argentine Republic
conventional short form: Argentina
local long form: Republica Argentina
local short form: Argentina
note: originally the area was referred to as Tierra Argentina, i.e., "Land beside the Silvery River" or "Silvery Land," which referred to the massive estuary in the east of the country, the Rio de la Plata (River of Silver); over time the name shortened to simply Argentina or "silvery"
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