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

  • A city of southeast Kenya mainly on Mombasa Island, in the Indian Ocean north of Zanzibar. Visited by Vasco da Gama on his first voyage to India (1498), the island-city was ruled successively by Portugal, Oman, Zanzibar, and Great Britain until the early 20th century. Population: 799,000.

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  • n. a port city in southern Kenya on a coral island in a bay of the Indian Ocean

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