oc·ci·dent (ŏksĭ-dənt, -dĕnt′)
1. Western lands or regions; the west.
2. Occident The countries of Europe and the Western Hemisphere.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin occidēns, occident-, from present participle of occidere, to set (used of the sun); see OCCASION.]
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