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A country of northwest Africa on the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Inhabited from ancient times by Berbers, the region became a Roman province in the 1st century ad and was conquered by Arabs in the 7th century. The country was later united (11th-13th century) under Berber-Muslim dynasties. The French established a protectorate over most of the region in 1912, and in 1956 Morocco achieved independence as a kingdom. Rabat is the capital and Casablanca the largest city.
Mo·roc′can adj. & n.
n. pl. mo·roc·cos
A soft fine leather of goatskin traditionally tanned with sumac and used especially for book bindings.
(Placename) a kingdom in NW Africa, on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: conquered by the Arabs in about 683, who introduced Islam; at its height under Berber dynasties (11th–13th centuries); became a French protectorate in 1912 and gained independence in 1956. It is mostly mountainous, with the Atlas Mountains in the centre and the Rif range along the Mediterranean coast, with the Sahara in the south and southeast; an important exporter of phosphates. Official language: Arabic; Berber and French are also widely spoken. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: dirham. Capital: Rabat. Pop: 32 649 130 (2013 est). Area: 458 730 sq km (177 117 sq miles). French name: Maroc
a. a fine soft leather made from goatskins, used for bookbinding, shoes, etc
b. (as modifier): morocco leather.
[C17: after Morocco, where it was originally made]
1. French, Maroc. a kingdom in NW Africa: formed from a sultanate that was divided into two protectorates (French Morocco and Spanish Morocco) and an international zone. 29,661,636; 172,104 sq. mi. (445,749 sq. km).Cap.: Rabat.
2. (l.c.) a pebble-grained leather orig. made in Morocco from goatskin tanned with sumac.
Mo•roc′can, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Morocco - a kingdom (constitutional monarchy) in northwestern Africa with a largely Muslim population; achieved independence from France in 1956|
Arab League - an international organization of independent Arab states formed in 1945 to promote cultural and economic and military and political and social cooperation
Maghreb, Mahgrib - the region of northwest Africa comprising the Atlas Mountains and the coastlands of Morocco and Algeria and Tunisia
Casablanca - a port on the Atlantic and the largest city of Morocco
El Aaium - a town in Morocco near the Atlantic coast
Oujda - a city in northeastern Morocco near the Algerian border
capital of Morocco, Rabat - the capital of Morocco; located in the northwestern on the Atlantic coast
Tangier, Tangiers - a city of northern Morocco at the west end of the Strait of Gibraltar; "the first tangerines were shipped from Tangier to Europe in 1841"
Spanish Sahara, Western Sahara - an area in northwestern Africa with rich phosphate deposits; under Moroccan control since 1992
Atlas Mountains - a mountain range in northern Africa between the Mediterranean and the Sahara Desert; extends from southwestern Morocco to northern Tunisia
Abila, Abyla, Jebel Musa - a promontory in northern Morocco opposite the Rock of Gibraltar; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Moroccan - a native or inhabitant of Morocco
|2.||morocco - a soft pebble-grained leather made from goatskin; used for shoes and book bindings etc.|
leather - an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
n → Marokko nt
n (also morocco leather) → Maroquin nt