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Meaning of Atacama Desert

A'ta•ca'ma Des'ert

Pronunciation: (at'u-kam'u, at"-, ä'tu-kä'mu, ä"tu- Sp. ä"tä-kä'mä), [key]
  1. an arid region in N Chile: rich nitrate deposits. ab. 600 mi. (960 km) long; ab. 70,000 sq. mi. (181,300 sq. km).
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