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Cres(tsərĕs`), Ital. Cherso, island, 158 sq mi (409 sq km), in the Adriatic Sea, W Croatia. Formerly in Austria-Hungary, it passed to Italy in 1918 and to Yugoslavia (of which Croatia was then a constituent republic) in 1947. Fruit growing and fishing are the chief occupations.
an island in the Adriatic Sea, in the northern Dalmatian Islands, off the coast of Yugoslavia. Cres has an area of 404 sq km and a length of about 70 km. The island is composed of limestones and dolomites. The maximum elevation is 650 m. Cres has orchards and vineyards; fishing is an important industry. Tourists visit Cres, which has a number of resort areas. The city of Cres is located on the island.