from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. Noted for their scenery and mild climate, the islands are a major tourist center.
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- proper n. A group of Mediterranean islands of the east coast of Spain, formed by Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
- proper n. Catalan-speaking region formed by these islands that now is an autonomous communty of Spain.
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- n. an archipelago in the western Mediterranean off the eastern coast of Spain
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