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Eritrea

named 1890 when it was an Italian colony, ultimately from Mare Erythreum, Roman name of the Red Sea, from Greek Erythre Thalassa, literally "Red Sea" (which to the Greeks also included the Gulf of Arabia and the Indian Ocean), from erythros "red" (from PIE root *reudh- "red, ruddy").

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Definitions of Eritrea

Eritrea (n.)
an African country to the north of Ethiopia on the Red Sea; achieved independence from Ethiopia in 1993;
Synonyms: State of Eritrea
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