Definitions

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

  • n. The hypothetical protocontinent of the Southern Hemisphere that, according to the theory of plate tectonics, broke up into India, Australia, Antarctica, Africa, and South America.

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  • proper n. Older name for Gondwana

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A hypothetical continent that (according to plate tectonic theory) broke up later into India and Australia and Africa and South America and Antarctica. See plate tectonics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hypothetical continent that (according to plate tectonic theory) broke up later into India and Australia and Africa and South America and Antarctica

Etymologies

After Gondwana, a region of central India, from Gond.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • On the other hand these rocks were to prove for the first time that Antarctica had once been covered in vegetation and had formed part of a great semi-tropical southern continent -- the so-called "Gondwanaland" -- once believed to be only a myth.

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  • If they walked, on the other hand, they must have done it in the more distant past, before the great southern continent now known as Gondwanaland had split into pieces.

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  • Marcel wrote the 15-page script, then called Gondwanaland Highway, only to please her father, Terry Marcel, the director of cult film Hawk the Slayer.

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  • They lived in Africa when it was part of a single land mass called Gondwanaland, consisting of all the present-day southern continents and India.

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  • They lived in Africa when it was part of a single giant land mass called Gondwanaland, composed of all the present-day southern continents and India.

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  • It dates back to Gondwanaland, the semi-mythical "first continent," whose outlines were long discernible only to the imaginative who perceived in Africa's west coast and South America's east a near fit.

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  • Over the eons Gondwanaland has been split and bits and pieces borne away along the convection currents of the molten mantle, separating into today's continents.

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  • It is an accident of evolution: parrots first appeared on, and then dispersed across, the supercontinent of Gondwanaland before it shattered during the Mesozoic, sending South America and Australia and its parrots drifting away to their present locations.

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  • On Sept. 10, 1994, a New South Wales naturalist named David Noble abseiled into one of the more than 500 canyons in Wollemi National Park -- some 60 miles east of the megalopolis of Sydney -- and discovered a stand of prehistoric coniferous Wollemi pines, representing the 110-million-year-old supercontinent of Gondwanaland.

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  • Major glaciation began in the great ancient southern continent of Gondwanaland, in what's now the Sahara (!), causing catastrophic cooling of the oceans and also global sea-level drop.

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