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chersonese

[kur-suh-neez, -nees] /ˈkɜr səˌniz, -ˌnis/
noun
1.
a peninsula.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin chersonēsus < Greek chersónēsos, equivalent to chérso(s) dry + nḗsos island
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  • chersonese is a name that was given to several different places in ancient times.
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chersonese

/ˈkɜːsəˌniːs/
noun
1.
  1. a poetic or rhetorical word for peninsula
  2. (capital when part of a name): Thracian Chersonese
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek khersonēsos, from khersos dry (land) + nēsos island
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Word Origin and History for chersonese

Chersonese

from Greek khersonesos "peninsula," from khersos "dry land" + nesos "island," which is of uncertain origin; perhaps from *na-sos, literally "that which swims," from PIE root sna- "to swim" (see natatorium).

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