a seaport in W Florida, on Tampa Bay: fishing resort.

Related formsTam·pan, noun, adjective
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a port and resort in W Florida, on Tampa Bay (an arm of the Gulf of Mexico): two universities. Pop: 317 647 (2003 est)
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city in Florida, U.S.A., probably from the name of a Calusa village, of unknown origin.

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City in western Florida.


Port of entry with a harbor on Tampa Bay.
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