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

  • The Asian part of Turkey. It is usually considered synonymous with Asia Minor.

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  • proper n. A peninsula of Western Asia, comprising most of the modern Republic of Turkey. Bounded by the Black Sea to the north, the Armenian Highland to the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Aegean Sea to the west.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a peninsula in southwestern Asia that forms the Asian part of Turkey

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἀνατολή (anatolē, "sunrise, place from where the sun rises, the east"), from ἀνατέλλω (anatellō, "I rise"), from ἀνά (ana, "up") + τέλλω (tellō, "I perform, accomplish, rise"), because Anatolia was east of Greece. (Wiktionary)

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