western sahara

west·ern Sa·har·a
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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wes-tern suh-har-uh, -hair-uh, -hahr-uh]
    • /ˈwɛs tərn səˈhær ə, -ˈhɛər ə, -ˈhɑr ə/
    • /ˈwestən səˈhɪərə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wes-tern suh-har-uh, -hair-uh, -hahr-uh]
    • /ˈwɛs tərn səˈhær ə, -ˈhɛər ə, -ˈhɑr ə/

Definitions of western sahara words

  • noun western sahara 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 entirely by Morocco 1979, but still under dispute. About 102,700 sq. mi. (266,000 sq. km). 1
  • noun western sahara a disputed region of NW Africa, on the Atlantic: mainly desert; rich phosphate deposits; a Spanish overseas province from 1958 to 1975; partitioned in 1976 between Morocco and Mauritania who faced growing resistance from the Polisario Front, an organization aiming for the independence of the region as the Democratic Saharan Arab Republic. Mauritania renounced its claim in 1979 and it was taken over by Morocco. Polisario agreed to a UN-brokered ceasefire in 1991 but attempts to settle the status of the region have failed. Pop: 538 811 (2013 est). Area: 266 000 sq km (102 680 sq miles) 0
  • noun western sahara former Spanish province (Spanish Sahara) in NW Africa: divided (1975) between Mauritania & Morocco: Mauritania renounced its claim to its territory (1979), which was subsequently occupied by Morocco 0

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western sahara popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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