Mediterranean proper adj

L. medi-us, middle + terra, land, earth < Gk 'situated in the middle of land'.

  1. Inland; remote; distant; far from land; [fig.] naval; marine; nautical.

Mediterranean proper n

see Mediterranean, proper adj.

  1. Sea between Europe, Africa, and Asia Minor; nearly land-locked sea body of water surrounded by three different continents; [fig.] faraway region; place for exploring ancient kingdoms (see ED letters).