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[gond-wah-nuh] /gɒndˈwɑ nə/
a hypothetical landmass in the Southern Hemisphere that separated toward the end of the Paleozoic Era to form South America, Africa, Antarctica, and Australia.
Also called Gondwanaland.
Compare Laurasia.
1870-75 Unabridged
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Examples for Gondwana
  • The southern continents remained tied together in the supercontinent of Gondwana.
British Dictionary definitions for Gondwana


one of the two ancient supercontinents produced by the first split of the even larger supercontinent Pangaea about 200 million years ago, comprising chiefly what are now Africa, South America, Australia, Antarctica, and the Indian subcontinent
Word Origin
C19: from Gondwana region in central north India, where the rock series was originally found
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Word Origin and History for Gondwana
name of a region in north central India, from Skt. gondavana, from vana "forest" + Gonda, name of a Dravidian people, lit. "fleshy navel, outie belly-button." The name was extended by geologists to a series of sedimentary rocks found there (1873), then to identical rocks in other places; the fossils found in this series were used by geologists to reconstruct the ancient southern supercontinent, which was thus called Gondwanaland (1896), from Ger., where it was coined by Ger. geologist Eduard Suess (18311914) in 1885.
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