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

  • An inlet of the Tasman Sea in southeast Australia south of Sydney. It was visited by Capt. James Cook in 1770 and named by Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist in his crew, for the wide variety of exotic flora found on its shores.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A bay in New South Wales, south of Sydney Cove, Australia; the site of a landing by explorer Captain James Cook and later of the First Fleet, and originally planned to be the site of the first penal colony in Australia.
  • proper n. The penal colony, actually established at Sydney Cove, which developed into the now city of Sydney.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A harbor on the east coast of Australia, and an English convict settlement there; -- so called from the number of new plants found on its shore at its discovery by Cook in 1770.


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Named by explorer James Cook for the variety of plants observed near the shore.


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