Definition of Cosa nostra

1. Noun. A crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia.

Exact synonyms: Maffia, Mafia
Examples of category: Omerta
Generic synonyms: Crime Syndicate, Family, Mob, Syndicate
Member holonyms: Mafioso

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cosa Nostra

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Corynebacterium phocae
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Corynebacterium renale
Corynebacterium striatum
Corynebacterium xerosis
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Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha utan
Coryphaena equisetis
Coryphaena hippurus
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Cosimo the Elder
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Costa Rica
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Literary usage of Cosa nostra

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Pennsylvania Crime Commission: 1984 Report by DIANE Publishing Company (1997)
"... LA cosa nostra Mobsters Jailed, Turf Wars Continue Savings Institution Bilked of ... cosa nostra."

2. Russian Organized Crime in the United States: Hearing Before the Permanent by DIANE Publishing Company (1998)
"Our 1994 hearings showed that unlike the first half of this century when the La cosa nostra migrated to this country and successfully infiltrated our ..."

3. America's Habit: Drug Abuse, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime by Manuel Gonzales, Kevin McEnery, Thomas Sheehan, Susan Mellody (1998)
"When the Italian government banned the manufacture of heroin in the early 1950s, La cosa nostra traffickers were forced to look to other sources.87 ^ new ..."

4. Public Safety in the Nineties: The Attorney Generals Summit on Law (1991)
"LeRoy Martin Mr. Martin agreed with Mr. Goldstock that La cosa nostra, ... He said that La cosa nostra has formed an alliance with the Chinese organized ..."

5. Threat Posed by the Convergence of Organized Crime, Drug Trafficking, and edited by Bill McCollum (2002)
"... of cosa nostra over the last decade, and that dangers posed by terrorist groups is only present on foreign soil. But even if they are not intertwined in ..."

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