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

  • A city of northern Chile on the Pacific Ocean near the Peruvian border. Claimed by both Peru and Chile until 1929, it is a free port and popular resort. Population: 175,000.

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  • proper n. a Chilean city


The origin of the eponym Arica is uncertain. Rómulo Cúneo Vidal said that the word comes from Aymara ari (crag) + iqui (place to sleep). Manuel A. Quiroga said that the word comes from ari (phylum) + aka (tip). Carlos Auza Arce said that it comes from ari (hill) + acca (neighboring). (Wiktionary)


  • And, about 38 kilometers outside of Arica, which is Chile's northernmost city, apparently, the bus went over a steep embankment.

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  • Herehence we sailed to a place called Arica; and, being entered the port, we found there three small barks, which we rifled, and found in one of them fifty-seven wedges of silver, each of them weighing about 20 lb. weight, and every of these wedges were of the fashion and bigness of a brickbat.

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  • The next raid of the adventurers was at a place called Arica, a small seaport town at the output of a beautiful and fertile valley.

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  • "Arica," the captain said, "is the port from which we have come.

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  • Remarkably, U.S. government subsidies [to American cotton growers] ... (approximately, $4 billion in 2000) exceed ... the entire USAID [foreign aid] for the continent of Arica.

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  • The Qatari headed a Volkswagen 1-2-3 in the 252-km stage from Arica to Antofagasta, coming home one minute and 20 seconds ahead of Sainz.

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  • Your missplaced outrage has only become apparent after the majority of the nation voted for an Arica-American as our leader.

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  • REUTERS Richard Gonzales of France and co drivers Gimbre and Bouey camp by their Man truck after it crashed during the night of the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011.

    The 2011 Dakar Rally

  • AP A racer rides his motorcycle during the sixth stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between Iquique and Arica in Chile, Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

    The 2011 Dakar Rally

  • AP Tatra driver Ales Loprais and co-driver Milan Holan, both of the Czech Republic, race in the seventh stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between Arica and Antofagasta, Chile, Sunday Jan. 9, 2011.

    The 2011 Dakar Rally


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