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

  • See Marco Polo.

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  • n. A traveler.
  • n. Game played (usually in a swimming pool) where one person runs or swims around blindly yelling "Marco" and everyone else must respond with "Polo" while the person who is "it" tries to locate them. See Wikipedia:Marco Polo (game)

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  • n. Venetian traveler who explored Asia in the 13th century and served Kublai Khan (1254-1324)


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  • She learned that Marco Polo Restaurant, near Chicken Street, had been turned into an interrogation center.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • Kúblái Khan the Venetian traveller Marco Polo has left us a glorious account.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Well, sir, up to Conti's time, our merchants and explorers, even Marco Polo himself, had confused the ports where spices were shipped with the place where they grew.

    Spice and the Devil's Cave

  • Perhaps in his madness he would really have gone on and tried to reach the Golden Chersonesus of Ptolemy, which according to Marco Polo lay just beyond, and so to steer homeward round Ceylon and the Cape of Good Hope; in which case he would either have been lost or would have discovered Mexico.

    Christopher Columbus

  • Without adopting the exaggerations of Marco Polo and Isaac Vossius, we may rationally allow for Pekin two millions of inhabitants.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Reed Moat Bridge is the same as Marco Polo Bridge, what people now call the turnoff point to and from Peking.

    The Bonesetter's Daughter

  • Columbus thought that he smelled Oriental spices, which Marco Polo had described as abounding in Cipango; when he walked by the shore and saw the shells of pearl oysters, he believed the island to be loaded with pearls and precious stones; when he saw a scrap of tinsel or bright metal adorning a native, he argued that there was a gold mine close at hand.

    Christopher Columbus

  • The New York-based group has been working in the Wakhan Corridor, which borders China, Pakistan and Tajikistan, since 2006 on protecting wildlife including the Marco Polo sheep and the ibex.

    Threatened snow leopards found in Afghanistan

  • Also on the south is the Marco Polo Shop and several other buildings, all with the bright white light outline.

    Barbara Bush

  • A similar account is given by Marco Polo and by Nicolò de

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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