peninsula

[puh-nin-suh-luh, -nins-yuh-luh]
noun
1.
an area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for an isthmus connecting it with the mainland.
2.
a.
Spain and Portugal together; Iberian Peninsula; Iberia.
b.
a district in SE Virginia between the York and James rivers: Civil War battles.

Origin:
1530–40; < Latin paenīnsula, equivalent to paen- pen- + īnsula island

peninsular, adjective
peninsularism, peninsularity [puh-nin-suh-lar-i-tee, -nins-yuh-] , noun
transpeninsular, adjective

cape, peninsula, promontory.
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peninsula (pɪˈnɪnsjʊlə)
 
n
a narrow strip of land projecting into a sea or lake from the mainland
 
[C16: from Latin, literally: almost an island, from paenepene- + insula island]
 
usage  The noun peninsula is sometimes confused with the adjective peninsular: the Iberian peninsula (not peninsular)
 
pen'insular
 
adj

Peninsula
 
n
the Peninsula short for the Iberian Peninsula

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peninsula
1538, from L. pæninsula, lit. "almost an island," from pæne "almost" + insula "island." Earlier translated as demie island.
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Science Dictionary
peninsula   (pə-nĭn'syə-lə)  Pronunciation Key 
A piece of land that projects into a body of water and is connected with a larger landmass.
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Cultural Dictionary

peninsula definition


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

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Example sentences
In the distance peninsulas and promontories stretch into the blue sea.
The other seven sites are on peninsulas that extend out into the lake, but have
  no hookups.
They inhabit both peninsulas and survive even in urban areas.
Lighthouses warn mariners about prominent rocks and peninsulas.
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