Definition of Mauritania

1. Noun. A country in northwestern Africa with a provisional military government; achieved independence from France in 1960; largely western Sahara Desert.

Exact synonyms: Islamic Republic Of Mauritania, Mauritanie, Muritaniya
Group relationships: Arab League
Generic synonyms: African Country, African Nation
Terms within: Nouakchott
Group relationships: Africa
Member holonyms: Mauritanian
Derivative terms: Mauritanian

Definition of Mauritania

1. Proper noun. A country in Northern Africa. Official name: Islamic Republic of Mauritania. ¹

2. Proper noun. Name of an ocean liner built in the 20th century. ¹

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Medical Definition of Mauritania

1. A republic in western africa, southwest of algeria and west of mali. Its capital is nouakchott. Its coast was opened by the portuguese in the 15th century. Although recognised as in the french sphere from 1817, it did not become a french colony until 1921. It gained independence in 1960. Mauritania takes its name from the moors, either from the greek mauros, dark, with reference to their skin or from the punic mahurim or mauharin, western, with reference to the geographical area of north africa that they occupied. It should not be confused with the ancient country of mauretania in northern africa, although both share a common derivation for their names. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mauritania

mauritania (current term)
mauvais quart d'heure
mauvaise honte

Literary usage of Mauritania

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1. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1814)
"AS the mauritania ... betwixt mauritania and Numidia ; or betwixt the mauritania ... As then the mauritania ..."

2. A System of Ancient and Mediaeval Geography for the Use of Schools and Colleges by Charles Anthon (1871)
"PLACES IN mauritania. IN mauritania Tingitana we have, 1. ... on the coast, near the confines of Numidia, and in what was subsequently mauritania ..."

3. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"In the Jugurthine war Boc- clms, king of mauritania, was conspicuous, ... In 429 the Vandals, led by Genseric, conquered mauritania ; but in 634 it was ..."

4. Travels Or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant by Thomas Shaw (1808)
"Of that Part of the mauritania ... the fittest for such a boundary, as the ancient geographers and historians have made it, betwixt mauritania and Numidia; ..."

5. Mitchell's Ancient Geography: Designed for Academies, Schools and Families by Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1849)
"In the Thebais? What town stood at the head of the Arabian Gulf? What towns stood on its western shores? 26 mauritania AND ..."

6. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"Then Bocchus, king of mauritania, was incited to invade Ju- ha's dominions, ... King of mauritania, son of the preceding, died about AD 18. ..."

7. International Religious Freedom (2000): Report to Congress by the Department edited by Barbara Larkin (2001)
"The Constitution establishes mauritania as an Islamic republic and decrees that Islam is the religion of its citizens and the State; accordingly, ..."

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