Pronunciation: (mez"ō-u-mer'i-ku, mes"-, mē"zō-, -sō-), [key]
1. Anthropol., Archaeol.the area extending approximately from central Mexico to Honduras and Nicaragua in which diverse pre-Columbian civilizations flourished.
2. (loosely) Central America. Also,Mes"o-A•mer'i•ca.
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