Atacama Desert

[ at-uh-kam-uh, at-, ah-tuh-kah-muh, ah-tuh-; Spanish ah-tah-kah-mah ]
/ ˈæt əˈkæm ə, ˌæt-, ˈɑ təˈkɑ mə, ˌɑ tə-; Spanish ˌɑ tɑˈkɑ mɑ /

noun

an arid region in N Chile: rich nitrate deposits. About 600 miles (960 km) long; about 70,000 sq. mi. (181,300 sq. km).

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British Dictionary definitions for atacama desert

Atacama Desert
/ (Spanish ataˈkama) /

noun

a desert region along the W coast of South America, mainly in N Chile: a major source of nitrates. Area: about 80 000 sq km (31 000 sq miles)
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