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 (mĕz′ō-ə-mĕr′ĭ-kə, mĕs′-)
A region extending south and east from central Mexico to include parts of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In pre-Columbian times it was inhabited by diverse civilizations, including the Maya and the Olmec.

Mes′o·a·mer′i·can adj. & n.


(ˌmɛsəʊəˈmɛrɪkə) or


(Placename) another name for Central America
ˌMesoaˈmerican, ˌMeso-Aˈmerican adj, n


or Mes•o-A•mer•i•ca

(ˌmɛz oʊ əˈmɛr ɪ kə, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zoʊ-, -soʊ-)

1. the area extending approximately from central Mexico to Honduras and Nicaragua where pre-Columbian civilizations flourished.
2. Central America.
Mes`o•a•mer′i•can, adj., n.
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Noun1.Mesoamerica - Mexico and Central AmericaMesoamerica - Mexico and Central America    
Mexico, United Mexican States - a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810
North America - a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama
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However, the string of New World origins stretching from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica in the north, through Guatemala and Costa Rica in Meso America, and deep into South America through Colombia and Brazil, owe their existence to a variety of Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch and British explorers and colonists.
This vast area consists of 43 countries, 13 in South America, eight in Meso America (including Central America and Mexico), and 22 (islands) in the Caribbean.