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Central America

continental North America, S of Mexico, usually considered as comprising Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. 227,933 sq. mi. (590,346 sq. km).
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Central American, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • A fourth expedition in 1502 touched on the coast that we call Central America.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • Fustic is the wood of Morus tinctoria, a tree of Central America.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet
  • This is the way in which the "adobe" bricks of Central America are made.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • We find in Central America three marked centres of elevation.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Insect life is as active in Central America as in other parts of the tropics.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Central America

Central America

an isthmus joining the continents of North and South America, extending from the S border of Mexico to the NW border of Colombia and consisting of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Area: about 518 000 sq km (200 000 sq miles)
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Central America in Culture

Central America definition

Region in the southernmost portion of North America, linked to South America by the Isthmus of Panama; includes Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Note: Countries in Central America (except for Belize and Costa Rica) are characterized by unstable governments and very low per capita income.
Note: The United States government has often taken the position that Central American affairs directly affect American interests. Accordingly, it has often provided financial and military aid to Central American governments and occasionally intervened militarily.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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