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Pronunciation: (härt'land", -lund), [key]
n.
1. the part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole, esp. a central land area relatively invulnerable to attack and capable of economic and political self-sufficiency.
2. any central area, as of a state, nation, or continent: a vineyard in California's heartland.

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

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