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Aden

[ahd-n, eyd-n]
noun
1.
a seaport in and the economic capital of the Republic of Yemen, in the S part: formerly the center of a British colony.
2.
Also called State of Aden. a former British colony on the Gulf of Aden and a member of the former Federation of South Arabia. 75 sq. mi. (194 sq. km).
3.
former name, until 1962, of the former Protectorate of South Arabia.
4.
an arm of the Arabian Sea between the E tip of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
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Aden (ˈeɪdən)
 
n
1.  the main port and commercial capital of Yemen, on the N coast of the Gulf of Aden, an arm of the Indian Ocean at the entrance to the Red Sea: capital of South Yemen until 1990: formerly an important port of call on shipping routes to the East. Pop: 584 000 (2005 est)
2.  a former British colony and protectorate on the S coast of the Arabian Peninsula: became part of South Yemen in 1967, now part of Yemen. Area: 195 sq km (75 sq miles)

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Aden
place in southern Arabia, ult. from Akkad. edinnu "plain," which some think is also is the root of Biblical Eden.
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aden- pref.
Variant of adeno-.

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Aden [(ah-dn, ay-dn)]

Capital and chief port of Yemen, located on the Gulf of Aden, near the southwest corner of the Arabian Peninsula and the southern entrance of the Red Sea.

Note: Its strategic location and excellent harbor have made Aden an important trading center of southern Arabia since ancient times, as well as a coveted conquest.
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