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  • proper n. The ocean separating Africa, southern Asia, Australia and Antarctica.

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

  • n. the 3rd largest ocean; bounded by Africa on the west, Asia on the north, Australia on the east and merging with the Antarctic Ocean to the south


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  • This counts as the European discovery of the Mascarene Islands, though seafaring Arab traders from the lands around the perimeter of the Indian Ocean already knew of them.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The trade winds that would carry them across the Indian Ocean were late that year, forcing the fleet to tarry almost a month at the island.

    Alexander the Great

  • During September, two British Indian divisions and additional cavalry — 50,000 men — were crossing the Indian Ocean bound for Europe.

    Castles of Steel

  • Tripoli, the Balearic Islands and the Dodecanese, and others who wanted to establish a new continent to be called 'Lemuria' to the east of Italian Somalia which would take in the entire Indian Ocean in one move.

    The War with the Newts

  • Immediately the presence of an enemy raider in the Indian Ocean was confirmed, the Admiralty's Operations Division in Whitehall started a wholesale movement of warships to hunt and destroy her.

    Graf Spee

  • Anjouan, in the Indian Ocean north of Madagascar, also claims five different pigeons.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • So one wonders what Australia, long a victim of colonialism itself, has actually learned about the phenomenon of colonialism, as the peoples of its equally remote Indian Ocean dependencies suffer even more than does vocal, mutineerridden Norfolk Island.

    Morgan’s Run

  • The name of Red (or Erythræan) Sea was used by classical historians and geographers to designate the waters of the Indian Ocean and the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Margareta Wahlström, as initial special coordinator in the Indian Ocean region, and then Special Envoy Clinton and his deputies, Erskine Bowles and Eric Schwartz, have covered well the need for visits in the affected regions.

    A Billion Lives

  • A typical line comes from Colum Lynch of theWashington Post: “The huge underwater earthquake that drove a tsunami across the Indian Ocean is shaping up to be one of the most expensive and destructive natural disasters on record, requiring several billion dollars in international assistance, the top U.N. relief official said Monday.”

    A Billion Lives


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