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

  • The Western Hemisphere. The term was first used by the Italian historian Peter Martyr (1457–1526), whose De Rebus Oceanicis et Novo Orbe (1516) chronicled the discovery of America.

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  • proper noun The continents North America and South America combined

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  • noun the hemisphere that includes North America and South America

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