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TYPE: Region & Political Subdivision
OTHER SCRIPTS: صحارى (Arabic)
PRONOUNCED: sə-HAIR-ə, sah-HAR-ah (English)
Meaning & History
Derived directly from Arabic صحارى (ṣaḥārā)
, the plural form of صحراء (ṣaḥrāʾ)
meaning "desert". The Sahara Desert in Northern Africa
is the largest hot desert and third largest desert in the world. In addition, the Western Sahara in Northern Africa is a disputed territory currently split between Morocco
and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.