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 (môr′ĭ-tā′nē-ə, -tān′yə, mär′-)
An ancient district of the Roman Empire in present-day Morocco and Algeria. Settled by a Berber people, it was ruled by Rome from c. 100 bc to the fifth century ad.

Mau′re·ta′ni·an adj. & n.
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1. (Placename) of or relating to Mauretania, an ancient region of N Africa, or its inhabitants
2. (Historical Terms) of or relating to Mauretania, an ancient region of N Africa, or its inhabitants
3. (Historical Terms) a native or inhabitant of Mauretania
4. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Mauretania
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Cyprian's letters also indicate that some Mauretanian bishops favored Stephen's view.
At a meeting with representatives from donor countries in the Mauretanian capital of Nouakchott, the humanitarian official encouraged their continued generosity, highlighting the clearly visible and positive lifesaving impact of their funding so far.
Yet, Rosenberger (44) offers an escape in noting that the use of expeditio in relation to the Mauretanian War of Antoninus Pius was geographical terminology: could the same have occurred in relation to Britain?
He laughed like a lunatic to see that the western butt-end of his camel was dropping its Mauretanian crud on the Black Senegalese....
This transition to more exclusive land occupation, coupled with a political discourse of entrepreneurial investment by 'outsiders' resulted in heightened tensions over land rights that in 1989 precipitated violent confrontations between villages on both Senegalese and Mauretanian sides of the valley.
Census explorers also found relics of cold-water corals extending over 400km in waters 500m deep in one of the world's longest reefs off Africa's Mauretanian coast.
In a last-minute attempt to free him, a joint force of Mauretanian and French troops raided an Al-Qaida base at Kidal in the deserts of northern Mali on July 22.
203, he is strangely included 70 years before here under Gaius: was R thinking of the unnamed "auxilia" who fought the Mauretanian rebels under Valerius Severus (ILAfr.