- Formerly Candia. a Greek island in the Mediterranean, SE of mainland Greece. 3235 sq. mi. (8380 sq. km). Capital: Canea.
- Sea of, a part of the S Aegean Sea lying between the Cyclades Islands and Crete.
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Examples from the Web for crete
On vacation in Crete, Michlin and his wife were looking for a good, hearty meal.The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals
November 3, 2014
One interesting case study is Sir Arthur Evans, the original excavator and “restorer” of the Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete.The Classics are Dead! Long Live the Classics! Mary Beard’s New Book
September 20, 2013
This 3,000-year-old language was discovered on clay tablets excavated in 1900 on the island of Crete.Who Actually Cracked Linear B, the Ancient Code of the Mysterious Knossos Labyrinth?
May 17, 2013
They were Europeans, and their earliest home had been in the Isle of Crete.
That morning a rumor had reached the village of a famine in the island of Crete.
The scene of Turkish cruelty was now transferred to the isle of Crete.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Some of them too are derived from Crete, and are appropriately transferred to a Cretan colony.
To me, dear Cleinias, the truth of what I am saying is as plain as the fact that Crete is an island.
- a mountainous island in the E Mediterranean, the largest island of Greece: of archaeological importance for the ruins of Minoan civilization. Pop: 601 131 (2001). Area: 8331 sq km (3216 sq miles)Modern Greek name: Kríti
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Word Origin and History for crete
traditionally said to be from Krus, name of a mythological ancestor; probably an ethnic name of some sort.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands.
One of the world's earliest civilizations, the Minoan civilization, reached its peak in Crete in 1600 b.c.
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