geographical name

It·​a·​ly ˈi-tə-lē How to pronounce Italy (audio)
variants or Italian Italia or Latin Italia
peninsula 760 miles (1223 kilometers) long in southern Europe projecting into the Mediterranean between the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian seas
country comprising the peninsula of Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, and numerous other islands; a republic since 1946, formerly a kingdom; capital Rome area 116,348 square miles (301,340 square kilometers), population 62,247,000

see also italian

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“Italy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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