[ uh-ree-kuh; Spanish ah-ree-kah ]
/ əˈri kə; Spanish ɑˈri kɑ /


a seaport in N Chile.
See under Tacna-Arica.


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Definition for arica (2 of 2)

[ tak-nuh-uh-ree-kuh; Spanish tahk-nah-ah-ree-kah ]
/ ˈtæk nə əˈri kə; Spanish ˈtɑk nɑ ɑˈri kɑ /


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). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for arica (1 of 2)

/ (əˈriːkə, Spanish aˈrika) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for arica (2 of 2)

/ (Spanish ˈtaknaaˈrika) /


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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