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

  • An island state of southeast Australia consisting of the island of Tasmania along with several smaller islands and separated from the mainland by Bass Strait. Abel Tasman explored the island in 1642, naming it Van Diemen's Land. It was renamed in his honor in 1853. Tasmania joined Australia in 1901.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. One of the six federal states of Australia, consisting of one large, eponymous and several much smaller islands, off the eastern part of Australia's south coast, having its capital at Hobart.
  • proper n. The large island comprising the majority of the state of Tasmania's land area and on which most of its inhabitants live.

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

  • n. an Australian state on the island of Tasmania
  • n. an island off the southeastern coast of Australia

Etymologies

After the Dutch naval explorer Abel Tasman, who discovered the island and New Zealand in 1642. (Wiktionary)

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