[meyn-land, -luhnd]

1325–75; Middle English; see main1, land Unabridged


[meyn-land, -luhnd]
the largest of the Shetland Islands. About 200 sq. mi. (520 sq. km).
Pomona ( def 3 ). Unabridged
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mainland (ˈmeɪnlənd)
1.  the main part of a land mass as opposed to an island or peninsula
2.  the mainland a particular landmass as viewed from a nearby island with which it has close links, such as Great Britain as viewed from Northern Ireland or continental Australia as viewed from Tasmania

Mainland (ˈmeɪnlənd)
1.  an island off N Scotland: the largest of the Shetland Islands. Chief town: Lerwick. Pop: 17 550 (2001). Area: about 583 sq km (225 sq miles)
2.  Also called: Pomona an island off N Scotland: the largest of the Orkney Islands. Chief town: Kirkwall. Pop: 15 315 (2001). Area: 492 sq km (190 sq miles)
3.  (NZ) the Mainland a South Islanders' name for South Island

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Word Origin & History

late 14c. from main (adj.) + land (n.).
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Example sentences
And that extends to the the flora and fauna too, which is so different from the
The road, after the two wayfarers had crossed from the peninsula to the
  mainland, was no other than a footpath.
It is perched on a little flat point, shut off from the rest of the mainland by
  a huge rocky cliff.
But in some parts of the mainland the machinery was different.
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