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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A country of northeast Africa bordering on the Red Sea. Once part of the Ethiopian kingdom of Aksum, it became an Italian colony in 1890 and was named after the Roman term for the Red Sea, Mare erythraeum. Captured by the British during World War II, Eritrea later became a federated part (1952) and then a province (1962) of Ethiopia, from which it gained its independence in 1993. Asmara is the capital and largest city.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a province of N Ethiopia on the Red Sea.

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  • proper noun Country in Eastern Africa. Official name: State of Eritrea. Its capital city is Asmara.

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  • noun an African country to the north of Ethiopia on the Red Sea; achieved independence from Ethiopia in 1993

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From Latin Erythraea.

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