One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
From Greek makarōn nēsoi ‘islands of the Blessed’ (mythical islands later associated with the Canaries).
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