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Over 315,000 entries
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2,400 spot maps and illustrations
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Entries and definitions for current place names, reflecting recent political and geographical changes worldwide
Coverage of major British, Canadian, and Australian terms
Over 75,000 example phrases and sentences to show how words are used in context
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regional variations and dialects
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