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.
- ‘Only in Macaronesia, protected by the Atlantic Ocean, did they survive.’
- ‘The flora of Macaronesia, which encompasses five Atlantic archipelagos (Azores, Canaries, Madeira, Cape Verde, and Salvage), is exceptionally rich and diverse.’
From Greek makarōn nēsoi ‘islands of the Blessed’ (mythical islands later associated with the Canaries).
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