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floating island

noun
1.
a dessert consisting of boiled custard with portions of meringue, whipped cream, or whipped egg whites and sometimes jelly floating upon it or around it.
2.
a floating mass of earth and partly decayed vegetation held together by interlacing roots, as on a lake: usually formed by the accumulation of plant litter; sometimes artificially built on wooden platforms, as in the Orient.
Origin of floating island
1630-1640
1630-40
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  • Through the woods they went, seeking to get to the other side of the floating island to look for their boat.

  • So Neptune anchored the floating island in a part of the Ægean Sea.

    Gods and Heroes R. E. Francillon
  • It is a floating island, in which there are the government and the governed.

    The Life of St. Paul James Stalker
  • This, says Castera, afforded the fiction of the floating island of Venus.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • And I shall prepare the so delicious dessert of the floating island, what you call in America.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • But Lottie always makes a floating island, don't you, Lottie?

    The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield
  • A curious feature of the lake and river scenery is the floating island.

  • The floating island was still faintly illuminated by Alppain.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
  • The three men kept silence as they followed with anxious eyes the movement of the floating island.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • You are on the floating island now,” said the herald, “and before you is the palace of the Princess Crede.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
British Dictionary definitions for floating island

floating island

noun
1.
a floating mass of soil held together by vegetation
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