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

  • Australia and New Zealand. Usually used informally.
  • A group of rocky islands of the southern Pacific Ocean southeast of New Zealand, to which they belong. They were discovered by British seamen in 1800 and are so named because they are diametrically opposite Greenwich, England.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The southern hemisphere
  • proper n. Used in UK to refer to Australia and New Zealand - (once common, now less so)


See antipodes. (Wiktionary)



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