Atacama Desert

[ ah-tuh-kah-muh-dez-ert, at-uh-kam-uh; Spanish ah-tah-kah-mah ]

noun
  1. 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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Atacama Desert

/ (Spanish ataˈkama) /


noun
  1. 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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