from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A Spanish island in the Balearics of the western Mediterranean Sea. Held by the British and the French at various times during the 18th century, it was a Loyalist stronghold in the Spanish Civil War.
- n. A domestic fowl of a breed originating in the Mediterranean region and having white or black plumage.
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- proper n. One of the Balearic Islands of Spain.
- proper n. A breed of poultry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A breed of domesticated fowls of the Mediterranean class, somewhat similar to the Leghorns, but longer-bodied and heavier. They are good table fowls, lay the year around, and are non-sitters.
In 1756, the French attacked and seized the Island of Minorca from the English.
It is April 1756 and Vice-Admiral John Byng is charged with sailing to the Mediterranean to defend the island of Minorca which is threatened by the prospect of a French invasion launched from the great naval base at Toulon.
"Minorca," he wrote to Spencer, "I have never yet considered in the smallest danger, but it has been a misfortune that others have thought differently from me on that point."
They were reduced to skin and bone; many of them were naked; and their miserable condition so moved the seamen of the "Minorca" that they came aft to the quarter-deck, and asked permission to subscribe three days 'rations for the relief of the sufferers.
Britain, on the one hand, had reduced its army to 18,000 men after 1748, including garrisons at Minorca and Gibraltar and half a dozen understrength “independent companies” in the West Indies and on the American mainland.
The governor based at Quebec, the marquis de Galissonière, like other governors was a naval officer, later famous for his victory over the British fleet near Minorca.
Minorca is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea off the Spanish coast.
"I would like to use N. rex to lure students and visitors to Minorca," he says.
He says one possibility is that the rabbit was "outcompeted" by a goat that also inhabited Minorca.
Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images TIGHT QUARTERS: A horse reared amid a crowd of people Thursday during the traditional ceremony marking Friday's feast of St. John in the town of Ciutadella, on the island of Minorca, off the coast of Spain.