Western Sahara
or formerly Spanish Sahara geographical name territory NW Africa; formerly a Spanish possession, divided 1975 between Mauritania, which gave up its claim in August 1979, & Morocco, which subsequently occupied the entire territory area 102,703 square miles (266,001 square kilometers), population 213,000 • Western Saharan adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Western Sahara — /wɛstən səˈharə/ (say westuhn suh hahruh) noun an area in north western Africa on the Atlantic coast; Spanish colony until 1976 when its administration was divided between Morocco and Mauritania; Morocco gained full control in 1979. Formerly,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Western Sahara — noun A territory in northern Africa and a former Spanish colony, now mostly occupied by Morocco, which claims ownership over the territory. Syn: Spanish Sahara …   Wiktionary

  • Western Sahara — West′ern Sahar′a n. geg a region in NW Africa on the Atlantic coast, bounded by Morocco, Algeria, and Mauritania: a former Spanish province comprising Río de Oro and Saguia el Hamra 1884–1976; divided between Morocco and Mauritania 1976; claimed… …   From formal English to slang

  • Western Sahara — noun an area in northwestern Africa with rich phosphate deposits; under Moroccan control since 1992 • Syn: ↑Spanish Sahara • Instance Hypernyms: ↑geographical area, ↑geographic area, ↑geographical region, ↑geographic region …   Useful english dictionary

  • Western Sahara — area on the W coast of Africa, claimed by Mauritania and Morocco; 102,703 sq. mi.; pop. 152,000 …   Webster's Gazetteer

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