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The region encompassing Arabian Sea (4)

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I believe the answer is:

area

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Here is my best explanation:

This clue might be a double definition.

'the region' is the first definition.

(area is a kind of region)

'encompassing arabian sea' is the second definition.

Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I don't understand how one could define the other.

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for area that I've seen before include "Length multiplied by breadth", "Region, space", "Locality", "Part of a building, city etc", "Region, zone", "District; locale", "Speaking formally to (someone)", "A zone", "Field of activity or surface" and "land".)

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