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

  • A former shallow inlet of the North Sea in northeast Netherlands. Originally a lake, it was joined with the North Sea by heavy flooding. A dike, completed in 1932, turned the southern section into the Ijsselmeer, which has largely been reclaimed for agriculture.

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

  • n. a former inlet of the North Sea in the northern coast of the Netherlands; sealed off from the sea in 1932 by a dam that created the IJsselmeer


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