Aasiaat (äsˈēätˌ) [key], formerly Egedesminde āˈgəħəsmĭnˌə, town (1996 pop. 3,039), Aasiaat dist., W Greenland, at the mouth of Disko Bay. It is the fourth largest town in Greenland. It was founded in 1759 and named for Hans Egede, a Norwegian missionary. A large shrimp-canning factory is there.
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