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continentality

[kon-tn-uh n-tal-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the degree to which the climate of a region typifies that of the interior of a large landmass.
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Compare oceanicity.

Origin of continentality

First recorded in 1895–1900; continental + -ity
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Word Origin and History for continentality

n.

1897, a term in meteorology, from German kontinentalität (1895), from Latin continentem (see continent (adj.)).

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