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

  • n. An unreal, magical, often bizarre place: regarded New York City as the Oz of the Northeast.
  • n. Slang Australia.

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  • proper n. An unreal, magical realm.
  • proper n. Australia.

Etymologies

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

After the fantasy land Oz created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful World of Oz and other novels.
Alteration of Aus(tralian).

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After the fictional land in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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Modified phonetic contraction of Australia.

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