Spain

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See also: spáin, spàin, and 'spáin

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Location of Spain in the Iberian peninsula.

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From Anglo-Norman Espayne, from Late Latin Spania, from earlier Latin Hispānia, from Ancient Greek Ἱσπανία (Hispanía), from Phoenician 𐤀𐤉-𐤔𐤀𐤐𐤀𐤍𐤉𐤌 (ay-shaphanim, literally hyrax isle), as the native wild rabbits were mistaken for hyraxes.

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Spain

  1. A country in Europe, including most of the Iberian peninsula. Official name: Kingdom of Spain.
    • 1865, James Stuart Laurie (editor), Manual of Elementary Geography, page 40:
      The mountains of Spain consist of parallel ranges, running from east to west []
    • 1999, Stephen P. Reyna, "The Force of Two Logics", in S. P. Reyna & R. E. Downs (editors), Deadly Developments: Capitalism, states and war (War and Scoiety, volume 5), page 34
      Spain fought with France constantly from 1494 through the 1540s, especially over Italy.
  2. An English ethnic surname for someone with Spanish ancestry.

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