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

  • noun One's native land.
  • noun A state, region, or territory that is closely identified with a particular people or ethnic group.
  • noun Any of the ten regions designated by South Africa in the 1970s as semiautonomous or nominally independent territories for the black population. The black homelands were dissolved and reincorporated into South Africa in 1994.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One's country of residence.
  • noun One's country of birth.
  • noun The traditional territory of an ethnic group.
  • noun South Africa, historical An area set aside for black South Africans under the policy of apartheid.

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  • noun the country where you were born


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