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

  • An archipelago of north-central Russia in the Arctic Ocean between the Barents and Kara seas. Consisting of two main islands and many smaller ones, the archipelago has mineral deposits and an economy based on fishing, sealing, and trapping.

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  • proper n. An archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in the north of Russia, administered by Arkhangelsk oblast.

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

  • n. two islands in the Arctic Ocean belonging to Russia; site of a test center for nuclear warheads

Etymologies

From Russian Новая Земля (Nóvaja Zemljá, "New Land") f.. (Wiktionary)

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