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Contributor Contrib.dramaqueen16 on 7/28/2006
From Argentina, the name of a country in South America. It is derived from the Latin argentum (silver), which in turn comes from the Ancient Greek ἀργήντος (argēntos), from ἀργήεις (argēeis), "white, shining". Αργεντινός (argentinos) was an ancient Greek epithet meaning "silvery". The first use of the name Argentina to refer to the country can be traced back to the first voyages made by the Spanish and Portuguese conquerors to the Río de la Plata which means "Silver River", in the early 16th century. As a personal name, it was borne by Argentine actress Argentina Brunetti (1907-2005).