America

geographical name
Amer·​i·​ca | \ ə-ˈmer-ə-kə How to pronounce America (audio) , -ˈme-rə- \

Definition of America

1 either continent (North America or South America) of the western hemisphere
2 or the Americas \ ə-​ˈmer-​ə-​kəz How to pronounce the Americas (audio) , -​ˈme-​rə-​ \ the lands of the western hemisphere including North, Central, and South America and the West Indies

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“America.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/America. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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