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Arica

[uh-ree-kuh; Spanish ah-ree-kah]
noun
  1. a seaport in N Chile.
  2. See under Tacna-Arica.
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Tacna-Arica

[tak-nuh-uh-ree-kuh; Spanish tahk-nah-ah-ree-kah]
noun
  1. a maritime region in W South America: long in dispute between Chile and Peru; annexed by Chile 1883; divided as a result of arbitration 1929 into a Peruvian department (Tac·na) and a Chilean department (Arica).
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Examples from the Web for arica

Historical Examples

  • I was in the streets of Arica, Peru, when the earth began to rock and reel.

    Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew

    Robert McReynolds

  • Arica was also watched, and the blockade was extended north of Lima.

  • He himself would at once mount his horse, and retrace his steps to Arica.

  • Among the spectators on the mole were the governor and other principal officers of Arica.

  • At the time of "the great earthquake of '68," I was at Arica, Peru.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull

    Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)


British Dictionary definitions for arica

Arica

noun
  1. a port in extreme N Chile: awarded to Chile in 1929 after the lengthy Tacna-Arica dispute with Peru; outlet for Bolivian and Peruvian trade. Pop: 180 000 (2005 est)See also Tacna-Arica
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Tacna-Arica

noun
  1. a coastal desert region of W South America, long disputed by Chile and Peru: divided in 1929 into the Peruvian department of Tacna and the Chilean department of Arica
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