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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A Spanish island in the Balearics of the western Mediterranean Sea. Held by the British and the French at various times during the 18th century, it was a Loyalist stronghold in the Spanish Civil War.
  • n. A domestic fowl of a breed originating in the Mediterranean region and having white or black plumage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. One of the Balearic Islands of Spain.
  • proper n. A breed of poultry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A breed of domesticated fowls of the Mediterranean class, somewhat similar to the Leghorns, but longer-bodied and heavier. They are good table fowls, lay the year around, and are non-sitters.

Etymologies

After Minorca 1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin Balearis Minor. (Wiktionary)

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