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peninsula

[puh-nin-suh-luh, -nins-yuh-luh] /pəˈnɪn sə lə, -ˈnɪns yə lə/
noun
1.
an area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for an isthmus connecting it with the mainland.
2.
the Peninsula,
  1. Spain and Portugal together; Iberian Peninsula; Iberia.
  2. a district in SE Virginia between the York and James rivers: Civil War battles.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin paenīnsula, equivalent to paen- pen- + īnsula island
Related forms
peninsular, adjective
peninsularism, peninsularity
[puh-nin-suh-lar-i-tee, -nins-yuh-] /pəˌnɪn səˈlær ɪ ti, -ˌnɪns yə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
transpeninsular, adjective
Can be confused
cape, peninsula, promontory.
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British Dictionary definitions for pen insula

peninsula

/pɪˈnɪnsjʊlə/
noun
1.
a narrow strip of land projecting into a sea or lake from the mainland
Derived Forms
peninsular, adjective
Usage note
The noun peninsula is sometimes confused with the adjective peninsular: the Iberian peninsula (not peninsular)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, literally: almost an island, from paenepene- + insula island

Peninsula

noun
1.
the Peninsula, short for the Iberian Peninsula
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Word Origin and History for pen insula

peninsula

n.

1530s, from Latin pæninsula "a peninsula," literally "almost an island," from pæne "almost" + insula "island" (see isle). Earlier translated as demie island.

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pen insula in Science
peninsula
  (pə-nĭn'syə-lə)   
A piece of land that projects into a body of water and is connected with a larger landmass.
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pen insula in Culture

peninsula definition


A body of land enclosed on three sides by water, jutting out from a larger body of land.

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