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

  • An island of Denmark in the northern Atlantic Ocean off northeast Canada. It is the largest island in the world and lies mostly within the Arctic Circle. Inhabited by Inuit peoples as early as 3000 B.C., it was discovered by the Norwegian navigator Eric the Red in the tenth century A.D., became a Danish colony in 1815, and was granted home rule in 1979. Godthåb (Nuuk) is the capital. Population: 56,300.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A large self-governing territory in North America that is politically a part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
  • proper n. The ice-covered island on which it is located, the largest in the world.
  • proper n. Spitzbergen, another island in Europe formerly thought to have been part of Greenland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. An island situated between the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, the largest island in the world; it is a Danish territory.

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

  • n. the largest island in the world; lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean; a self-governing province of Denmark

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