Mediterranean Sea


noun

a sea surrounded by Africa, Europe, and Asia. 2,400 miles (3,865 kilometers) long; 1,145,000 square miles (2,965,550 square kilometers); greatest known depth 14,436 feet (4,400 meters).

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Also called Mediterranean.

Origin of Mediterranean Sea

First recorded in 1550–60
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British Dictionary definitions for Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Sea

noun

a large inland sea between S Europe, N Africa, and SW Asia: linked with the Atlantic by the Strait of Gibraltar, with the Red Sea by the Suez Canal, and with the Black Sea by the Dardanelles, Sea of Marmara, and Bosporus; many ancient civilizations developed around its shores. Greatest depth: 4770 m (15 900 ft). Length: (west to east) over 3700 km (2300 miles). Greatest width: about 1370 km (850 miles). Area: (excluding the Black Sea) 2 512 300 sq km (970 000 sq miles)Ancient name: Mare Internum
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Cultural definitions for Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Sea

Sea surrounded by Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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