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Turk's Island

[cf. W3 turk's head, turk's cap a globular West Indian cactus with a cap of whitish hairs resembling a fez; see 1869 quot. ] n. an island to the southeast of the Bahamas, forming a politically separate entity along with Caicos: 1786 Turks Is. (map in Fenning & Collyer 56-7). 1869 Turk's Island owes its name to a botanist who fancied a resemblance in the cactus coronatus or nobilis to the head-dress of the turbaned Turk (Bacot 7).

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Last update: 2011-09-13 02:26
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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