from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island in the East River off the coast of central Manhattan Island. It was long the site of a penal institution and municipal hospital, which earned it the name Welfare Island after 1921. Renamed for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1973, it is now largely residential.
  • An island of Antarctica in the eastern part of the Ross Ice Shelf. Robert E. Byrd discovered the island in 1934.


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