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Mauritania

[mawr-i-tey-nee-uh] /ˌmɔr ɪˈteɪ ni ə/
noun
1.
Official name Islamic Republic of Mauritania. a republic in W Africa, largely in the Sahara Desert: formerly a French colony; a member of the French Community 1958–66; independent 1960. 418,120 sq. mi. (1,082,931 sq. km).
Capital: Nouakchott.
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Mauritanian, adjective, noun

Mauretania

or Mauritania

[mawr-i-tey-nee-uh] /ˌmɔr ɪˈteɪ ni ə/
noun
1.
an ancient kingdom in NW Africa: it included the territory that is modern Morocco and part of Algeria.
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Mauretanian, adjective, noun
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Mauritania

/ˌmɒrɪˈteɪnɪə/
noun
1.
a republic in NW Africa, on the Atlantic: established as a French protectorate in 1903 and a colony in 1920; gained independence in 1960; lies in the Sahara; contains rich resources of iron ore. Official language: Arabic; Fulani, Soninke, Wolof, and French are also spoken. Official religion: Muslim. Currency: ouguiya. Capital: Nouakchott. Pop: 3 437 610 (2013 est). Area: 1 030 700 sq km (398 000 sq miles) Official name Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Mauretania

/ˌmɒrɪˈteɪnɪə/
noun
1.
an ancient region of N Africa, corresponding approximately to the N parts of modern Algeria and Morocco
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