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

  • An island of Yemen in the Indian Ocean at the mouth of the Gulf of Aden. Known to the ancient Greeks, it came under British protection in 1886 and joined Southern Yemen (now Yemen) in 1967.

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  • proper n. an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of the Horn of Africa, belonging to Yemen.


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  • Located 250 miles off the coast of Yemen, the tiny island of Socotra is usually overlooked by even the most adventurous of tourist hordes.

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  • Ninety percent of the reptiles in Socotra can be found nowhere else in the world, while about 40% of its plant species are unique to the region.

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  • Currently, 75% of the region in and around Socotra is part of a natural sanctuary on account of the diverse species that have made the area home.

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  • Yemeni ecotourism outfits as well as environmental organizations have been organizing sustainable tourism in Socotra for the past few years.

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  • The name Socotra is derived from a Sanscrit name, meaning "The Island of Bliss"

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  • Good aloes come from the Yemen as great as Socotra.

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  • We spent a week off the coast of Yemen on the island of Socotra – a visit inspired by a Guardian article by Mike Carter – and what a wonderful place it was.

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  • YemenIn Yemen, hundreds of women protesters demonstrated on the island of Socotra, demanding that President Ali Abdallah Saleh resign.

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  • In the first installment of the Today Show's Journey To Secret Kingdoms series, Engel traveled to Socotra and found miles of sun-drenched beaches and soaring canyons where the famed 'Dragon's Blood' trees -- the sap of which was once used by Cleopatra as a sort of primitive lipstick -- still grow.

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  • She said the pirates who attacked the 75,000-ton Hanjin Tianjin about 250 miles 400 kilometers east of Yemen's Socotra island were not found by the commandos.

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