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floating island

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.
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
1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I guess I'll go and get some floating-island," she thought.

    The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
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floating island

a floating mass of soil held together by vegetation
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