Definition of Macaronesia in English:

Macaronesia

proper noun

Botany
  • A phytogeographical region comprising the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern North Atlantic.

    • ‘The flora of Macaronesia, which encompasses five Atlantic archipelagos (Azores, Canaries, Madeira, Cape Verde, and Salvage), is exceptionally rich and diverse.’
    • ‘Only in Macaronesia, protected by the Atlantic Ocean, did they survive.’

Origin

From Greek makarōn nēsoi islands of the Blessed (mythical islands later associated with the Canaries).

Pronunciation:

Macaronesia

/ˌmakərə(ʊ)ˈniːzɪə/