Tenerife

or Ten·er·iffe

[ ten-uh-rif, -reef; Spanish te-ne-ree-fe ]
/ ˌtɛn əˈrɪf, -ˈrif; Spanish ˌtɛ nɛˈri fɛ /

noun

the largest of the Canary Islands, off the northwestern coast of Africa. 794 sq. mi. (2,055 sq. km). Capital: Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Pi·co de Tenerife [pee-koh dey; Spanish pee-kaw the]. /ˈpi koʊ deɪ; Spanish ˈpi kɔ ðɛ/. Pico de Teide.

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Origin of Tenerife

First recorded in 1595–1600; from Guanche (an extinct Berber language spoken on the Canary Islands) tene, teni “mountain” + ife “white,” specifically Mount Teide
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Tenerife
/ (ˌtɛnəˈriːf, Spanish teneˈrife) /

noun

a Spanish island in the Atlantic, off the NW coast of Africa: the largest of the Canary Islands; volcanic and mountainous; tourism and agriculture. Capital: Santa Cruz. Pop: 778 071 (2002 est). Area: 2058 sq km (795 sq miles)
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