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​IL-MUNXAR, another of the smaller villages of Gozo, lies to the south of the island between Ix-Xlendi valley and the village of Ta' Sannat. Its name is derived from a distinguished feature of the area. Il-Munxar is Maltese for "bucksaw", a saw set in an adjustable H-shaped frame, used for sawing firewood on a buck. The imagery is suggested by the promontory that runs from behind the village church sawing into two the surrounding area creating the Wied tal-Għanċija, "Għanċija valley", on the Il-Munxar side and Wied Ix-Xlendi, "Ix-Xlendi Valley", on the Il-Fontana side. This place-name is not restricted to Gozo: a similar headland in the east of Malta is also known as Il-Munxar.
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