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enclave

[ en-kleyv, ahn- ]
/ ˈɛn kleɪv, ˈɑn- /
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noun

a country, or especially, an outlying portion of a country, entirely or mostly surrounded by the territory of another country.
any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one: a Chinese-speaking enclave in London.

verb (used with object), en·claved, en·clav·ing.

to isolate or enclose (especially territory) within a foreign or uncongenial environment; make an enclave of: The desert enclaved the little settlement.

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Origin of enclave

1865–70; <French, Middle French, noun derivative of enclaver<Vulgar Latin *inclāvāre to lock in, equivalent to Latin in-in-2 + clāv(is) key + -āre infinitive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for enclave

enclave
/ (ˈɛnkleɪv) /

noun

a part of a country entirely surrounded by foreign territory: viewed from the position of the surrounding territoriesCompare exclave

Word Origin for enclave

C19: from French, from Old French enclaver to enclose, from Vulgar Latin inclāvāre (unattested) to lock up, from Latin in- ² + clavis key
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Medical definitions for enclave

enclave
[ ĕnklāv′, ŏn- ]

n.

A detached mass of tissue enclosed in tissue of another kind.
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