Godthåb

Godthåb

[gawt-hawp]
noun
a city in and the capital of Greenland, in the SW part.
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Greenland

[green-luhnd, -land]
noun
a self-governing island belonging to Denmark, located NE of North America: the largest island in the world. About 844,000 sq. mi. (2,186,000 sq. km); about 700,000 sq. mi. (1,800,000 sq. km) icecapped. Capital: Godthåb.

Greenlander, noun
Greenlandish, adjective
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Godthaab or Godthåb (ˈɡɔdhɔːb)
 
n
the Danish and former official name for Nuuk
 
Godthåb or Godthåb
 
n

Greenland (ˈɡriːnlənd)
 
n
Danish name: Grønland, Greenlandic name: Kalaallit Nunaat a large island, lying mostly within the Arctic Circle off the NE coast of North America: first settled by Icelanders in 986; resettled by Danes from 1721 onwards; integral part of Denmark (1953--79); granted internal autonomy 1979; mostly covered by an icecap up to 3300 m (11 000 ft) thick, with ice-free coastal strips and coastal mountains; the population is largely Inuit, with a European minority; fishing, hunting, and mining. Capital: Nuuk (Godthåb). Pop: 57 000 (2003 est). Area: 175 600 sq km (840 000 sq miles)

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Greenland
O.N. Groenland, so named by its discoverer (986 C.E.) because "it would induce settlers to go there, if the land had a good name": "Hann gaf nafn landinu ok kallaði Groenland, ok kvað menn þat myndu fysa þangat farar, at landit ætti nafn gott." [Islendingabok, 1122-1133]
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Greenland definition


Island lying largely within the Arctic Circle; owned by Denmark but governed locally since 1978. Its native name is Kaballit Nunaat.

Note: Greenland is the largest island in the world. (Australia is larger but is officially a continent, not an island.)
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