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en•clave



Pronunciation: (en'klāv, än'-), [key]
n., v., -claved, -clav•ing.


n.
1. a country, or esp., an outlying portion of a country, entirely or mostly surrounded by the territory of another country.
2. any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one: a Chinese-speaking enclave in London.

v.t.
to isolate or enclose (esp. territory) within a foreign or uncongenial environment; make an enclave of: The desert enclaved the little settlement.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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