[ eks-kleyv ]
/ ˈɛks kleɪv /


a portion of a country geographically separated from the main part by surrounding alien territory: West Berlin was an exclave of West Germany.

Origin of exclave

1885–90; ex-1 + -clave, modeled on enclave
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British Dictionary definitions for exclave

/ (ˈɛkskleɪv) /


a part of a country entirely surrounded by foreign territory: viewed from the position of the home countryCompare enclave

Word Origin for exclave

C20: from ex- 1 + -clave, on the model of enclave
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Medical definitions for exclave

[ ĕksklāv′ ]


An outlying, detached portion of a gland or other part, as of the thyroid or pancreas; an accessory gland.
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