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

  • An unidentified coastal region of northeast North America visited by Norse voyagers as early as c. 1000. The region, variously located from Labrador to New Jersey, was named for the grapes growing plentifully in the area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The name given by the Icelandic Norseman Leifur Eiríksson to the portion of North America in modern-day Newfoundland, Canada when he arrived there circa 1000 AD.

Etymologies

From Old Norse, coined c. AD 1000 by Leif Ericson, but of uncertain meaning because vowel length was not marked in early texts. It can therefore be either Vínland ("Wineland") (from vín ("wine")) or Vinland ("meadowland") (from vin ("meadow, pasture")). (Wiktionary)

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