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

  • Magellan, Ferdinand 1480?-1521. Portuguese navigator. While trying to find a western route to the Moluccas (1519), Magellan and his expedition were blown by storms into the strait that now bears his name (1520). He named and sailed across the Pacific Ocean, reaching the Marianas and the Philippines (1521), where he was killed fighting for a friendly native king. One of his ships returned to Spain (1522), thereby completing the first circumnavigation of the globe.
  • Strait ofMagellan A channel separating South America from Tierra del Fuego and other islands south of the continent and connecting the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Ferdinand Magellan sailed through the strait in October and November 1520.

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  • proper n. A surname.

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  • n. Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain; he commanded an expedition that was the first to circumnavigate the world (1480-1521)


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Anglicisation of Portuguese Magalhães, famously borne by Fernão de Magalhães, a Portuguese explorer and first person to lead an expedition across the Pacific.


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