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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • An island in the northern Atlantic Ocean off northeast Canada. It is the largest island in the world and lies mostly within the Arctic Circle. Settled by the Norse between the 10th and the 15th century and by the Inuit beginning around the 10th century, Greenland became a Danish colony in the 18th century and was granted home rule in 1979. Nuuk (Godthåb) is the capital.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun An island situated between the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, the largest island in the world; it is a Danish territory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A large self-governing territory in North America that is politically a part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
  • proper noun The ice-covered island on which it is located, the largest in the world.
  • proper noun obsolete Spitzbergen, another island in Europe formerly thought to have been part of Greenland.

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

  • noun the largest island in the world; lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean; a self-governing province of Denmark

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