n. & adj.
1 a large landlocked sea bordered by S. Europe, SW Asia, and N. Africa.
2 a native of a country bordering on the Mediterranean.
1 of or characteristic of the Mediterranean or its surrounding region (Mediterranean climate; Mediterranean cookery).
2 (of a person) dark-complexioned and not tall.
Etymology: L mediterraneus inland f. medius middle + terra land

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