Crete

[ kreet ]
/ krit /

noun

a Greek island in the Mediterranean, southeast of mainland Greece. 3,235 sq. mi. (8,380 sq. km). Capital: Canea.Formerly Candia.
Sea of Crete, a part of the south Aegean Sea lying between the Cyclades Islands and Crete.

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British Dictionary definitions for Crete

Crete
/ (kriːt) /

noun

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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Cultural definitions for Crete

Crete

Island in southeastern Greece in the Mediterranean Sea.

notes for Crete

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands.

notes for Crete

One of the world's earliest civilizations, the Minoan civilization, reached its peak in Crete in 1600 b.c.

notes for Crete

In Greek mythology, Crete was Minos's kingdom, where the Minotaur lived at the center of the Labyrinth.
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