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English definition of “sand”


noun [U] (SMALL GRAINS)   /sænd/
a mass of very small grains that at one time were rock and now form deserts and beaches
(Definition of sand noun (SMALL GRAINS) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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