Cres (tsərĕsˈ) [key], Ital. Cherso, island, 158 sq mi (409 sq km), in the Adriatic Sea, W Croatia. Formerly in Austria-Hungary, it passed to Italy in 1918 and to Yugoslavia (of which Croatia was then a constituent republic) in 1947. Fruit growing and fishing are the chief occupations.
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