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

  • A French overseas territory in the southwest Pacific Ocean consisting of the island of New Caledonia and several smaller islands. The island of New Caledonia was discovered and named by Capt. James Cook in 1774 and annexed by France in 1853. It was a penal colony from 1864 to 1894. Nouméa is the territorial capital. Population: 222,000.

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  • proper n. Overseas territory of France in Oceania. Official name: Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies.
  • proper n. A district of the west coast of British North America traded by the Hudson's Bay Company. It became the colony of British Columbia in 1858.
  • proper n. A short-lived (1698-1700) Scottish colony in Panama, around Darien (which was renamed New Edinburgh as its capital)

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

  • n. an island to the to the east of Australia and to the north of New Zealand


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