- a city on and the capital of Cyprus, in the central part.
- an island republic in the Mediterranean, S of Turkey: formerly a British colony; independent since 1960. 3572 sq. mi. (9250 sq. km). Capital: Nicosia.
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Examples from the Web for nicosia
Nicosia has been aggressively courting Tel Aviv to this end.Israel Looks to Eurasia to Achieve Top Energy and National Security Goals
October 11, 2013
I am given a cabin to share with the MP, whom I view after the long days in Nicosia more and more as a very old friend.My Gaza Flotilla Diary
June 4, 2010
At that time, however, the state of Nicosia was very different.The Boy Crusaders
John G. Edgar
In the Karpas and in and around Nicosia a bi-voltine race is reared.Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products
Nicosia, however, has one feature which is in Damascus wanting.Memoirs of Life and Literature
W. H. Mallock
Cyprus (of which Nicosia is the capital and seat of Government) is 120 miles in length and about 50 broad.
An institution worthy of special notice is the home and farm for lepers near Nicosia, accommodating over a hundred inmates.
- the capital of Cyprus, in the central part on the Pedieos River: capital since the 10th century. Pop (Greek and Turkish): 211 000 (2005 est)Greek name: Levkosia, Leukosia Turkish name: Lefkoşa
- an island in the E Mediterranean: ceded to Britain by Turkey in 1878 and made a colony in 1925; became an independent republic in 1960 as a member of the Commonwealth; invaded by Turkey in 1974 following a Greek-supported military coup, leading to the partition of the island. In 1983 the Turkish-controlled northern sector declared itself to be an independent state as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus but failed to receive international recognition. Attempts by the UN to broker a reunification agreement have failed. Cyprus joined the EU in 2004. The UK maintains two enclaves as military bases (Akrotiri and Dhekelia Sovereign Base Areas), which are not included in Cyprus politically. Languages: Greek and Turkish. Religions: Greek Orthodox and Muslim. Currency: euro and Turkish lira. Capital: Nicosia. Pop (Greek): 838 897 (2011 est); (Turkish): 265 100 (2006 est). Area: 9251 sq km (3571 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for nicosia
eatern Mediterranean island, from Greek Kypros "land of cypress trees" (see cypress).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
People of Greek origin make up four-fifths of the population, and those of Turkish origin compose the other fifth. Conflict between the two led to a Turkish invasion that divided the island in the 1970s.
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