Definition of Macaronesia in English:

Macaronesia

Line breaks: Maca¦ro|nesia
Pronunciation: /ˌmakərə(ʊ)ˈniːzɪə
 
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Botany
A phytogeographical region comprising the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern North Atlantic.
More example sentences
  • The flora of Macaronesia, which encompasses five Atlantic archipelagos (Azores, Canaries, Madeira, Cape Verde, and Salvage), is exceptionally rich and diverse.
  • Only in Macaronesia, protected by the Atlantic Ocean, did they survive.

Origin

from Greek makarōn nēsoi 'islands of the Blessed' (mythical islands later associated with the Canaries).

Derivatives

Macaronesian

adjective
More example sentences
  • Differences in C-values between major angiosperm lineages of Macaronesian plants were analysed using the GLM procedure because of an unbalanced design.
  • Many of these taxa belong to the Macaronesian bryophyte flora, which includes more than 600 species, some of them with worldwide enigmatic distributions.
  • Further, a recent introduction from the Mediterranean Sea to the Macaronesian region via human-mediated transport was inferred.

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