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subcontinent

[suhb-kon-tn-uh nt, suhb-kon-] /sʌbˈkɒn tn ənt, ˈsʌbˌkɒn-/
noun
1.
a large, relatively self-contained landmass forming a subdivision of a continent:
the subcontinent of India.
2.
a large landmass, as Greenland, that is smaller than any of the usually recognized continents.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; sub- + continent
Related forms
subcontinental
[suhb-kon-tn-en-tl] /ˌsʌb kɒn tnˈɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Yet there is no mistaking the stamp of the subcontinent.
  • Nor is this kind of activity confined to the subcontinent.
  • Foreign governments advised their citizens to avoid the subcontinent.
  • Within a month, the entire southeastern portion of the subcontinent faced starvation.
  • Nor does the proposal for a free trade area for the subcontinent reflect sound economics.
British Dictionary definitions for subcontinent

subcontinent

/sʌbˈkɒntɪnənt/
noun
1.
a large land mass that is a distinct part of a continent, such as India is of Asia
Derived Forms
subcontinental (ˌsʌbkɒntɪˈnɛntəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for subcontinent
n.

1863, from sub- + continent (n.).

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