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Masaya (mäsäˈyä) [key], city (1995 est. pop. 80,051), W Nicaragua, capital of Masaya dept. Connected by rail and highway to Granada and Managua, Masaya is a commercial and light manufacturing center in a rich agricultural district. It is noted for its handicrafts.

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