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land bridge

Geology. an actual or hypothetical strip of land, subject to submergence, that connects adjacent continental landmasses and serves as a route of dispersal for plants and animals:
a prehistoric land bridge between Asia and North America.
a transcontinental rail route between countries, as those in Europe and the Far East, considered faster and less costly than all-sea routes.
Also, landbridge [land-brij] /ˈlændˌbrɪdʒ/ (Show IPA).
Origin of land bridge
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The new-comers had migrated from some centre of culture in North Africa, and appear to have crossed over the Italian land-bridge.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • The easiest crossing to Britain was over the English Channel land-bridge.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for land-bridge

land bridge

(in zoogeography) a connecting tract of land between two continents, enabling animals to pass from one continent to the other
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