Minorca

Minorca

[mi-nawr-kuh]
noun
1.
Spanish Menorca. one of the Balearic Islands, in the W Mediterranean. 271 sq. mi. (700 sq. km).
2.
one of a Mediterranean breed of white-skinned chickens.
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Minorca (mɪˈnɔːkə)
 
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1.  Spanish name: Menorca an island in the W Mediterranean, northeast of Majorca: the second largest of the Balearic Islands. Chief town: Mahón. Pop: 78 796 (2002 est). Area: 702 sq km (271 sq miles)
2.  a breed of light domestic fowl with glossy white, black, or blue plumage

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minorca

island of the Balearic Islands provincia (province) and comunidad autonoma (autonomous community), Spain. It is the second largest of the Balearic Islands and lies in the western Mediterranean Sea. Most of the island's area of 258 square miles (668 square km) is dry, monotonous tableland with rugged hills rising in the north centre to Toro hill (1,175 feet [358 metres]). Its northern coast has many capes and is deeply indented with inlets such as the bays of La Albufera, Addaya, and Fornells. The fine natural harbour of Mahon, the island's chief town, is the best port of the Balearics and was much prized for its strategic value in the wars of the 18th century. The south coast is more regular and has long stretches of cliffs.

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