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 (kwĕng′kə, -kä)
A city of south-central Ecuador southeast of Guayaquil. Founded in 1557, it is known as "the Marble City" for its fine buildings.
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(Spanish ˈkweŋka)
1. (Placename) a city in SW Ecuador: university (1868). Pop: 311 000 (2005 est)
2. (Placename) a town in central Spain: prosperous in the Middle Ages for its silver and textile industries. Pop: 47 201 (2003 est)
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(ˈkwɛŋ kɑ)

a city in SW Ecuador. 272,397.
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When Sancho saw the bride, he exclaimed, "By my faith, she is not dressed like a country girl, but like some fine court lady; egad, as well as I can make out, the patena she wears rich coral, and her green Cuenca stuff is thirty-pile velvet; and then the white linen trimming- by my oath, but it's satin!
Julian RECUENCO PEREZ, La actuacion del Tribunal diocesano de Cuenca en la crisis del Antiguo Regimen (1808-1833) Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca 2011, 280 pp.
When I first arrived in the Cuenca, Ecuador, to begin ethnographic fieldwork as part of an adolescent sexual and reproductive health project (CERCA), my colleagues at the University of Cuenca Medical School assured me that talking about sex with young people, their parents, or anyone else in this predominantly Catholic city would be difficult.
Simultaneous with Limaten's show is Katrina Cuenca's 'The Allure of Motion.' The exhibit of abstract paintings conjuring images of fins, petals and cloth floating through the wind evoke an otherworldly feel.
Cuenca said the government should first address 'long-standing' issues in the budget process before adopting cash-based budgeting.
FOOTBALL DEPORTIVO CUENCA v FLUMINENSE 11.30pm AS clubs across Europe embark on their Europa League campaigns, over in South America just 16 teams remain in their secondary continental competition, the Copa Sudamericana, writes Matthew Ireland.