What does meain Mediterranean?

The name Mediterranean is derived from the Latin mediterraneus, meaning "inland" or "in the middle of the earth" (from medius, "middle" and terra, "earth"). It covers an approximate area of 2.5 million km but its connection to the Atlantic (the Strait of Gibraltar) is only 14 km (9 mi) wide. In Oceanography, it is sometimes called the Eurafrican Mediterranean Sea or theEuropean Mediterranean Sea to distinguish it from mediterranean seas elsewhere.

The Mediterranean diet is a modern nutritional recommendation inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of poor coastal regions of Southern Italy, Crete, and coastal Greece in the 1960s.