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).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.