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A part of a country that is isolated from the main part and is surrounded by foreign territory.

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a part of a country entirely surrounded by foreign territory: viewed from the position of the home country. Compare enclave
[C20: from ex-1 + -clave, on the model of enclave]
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(ˈɛks kleɪv)

a portion of a country geographically separated from the main part by surrounding alien territory.
[1885–90; ex-1 + (en)clave]
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enclave, exclave - An enclave is a group or area different from the surroundings, a secured area within another secured area, from Latin clavis, "key"; an exclave is the same thing, but usually describes a portion of a country separated from the main part and surrounded by politically alien territory.
See also related terms for surrounded.
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So how could the Israeli prime minister seriously draw parallels between the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and some enclaves (or exclaves) tucked away deep in the Dutch and Belgian countryside?
It would be possible to identify enclaves and exclaves along the border, but this would suggest too much of a rigid line, and the border does move."
Voters in some 100 former exclaves are set to exercise their franchise for the first time as 22 Union Parishads (UPs) are going to polls there from 8am to 4pm today.
Spain remains an important transit point in Europe for cocaine originating in Latin America and for hashish from Morocco, especially via Spain's North African exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.
One of the things I find interesting about this map is that it highlights the issue of exclaves. This is the name given to detached portions of counties, like the detached part of Flintshire you can see here which is separated from the rest by part of Denbighshire.
Both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have exclaves, that is small territories populated by their citizens but that lie on the territory of the neighboring state.
European exclaves in the process of de-bordering and re-bordering.