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floating island

a dessert consisting of boiled custard with portions of meringue, whipped cream, or whipped egg whites and sometimes jelly floating upon it or around it.
a floating mass of earth and partly decayed vegetation held together by interlacing roots, as on a lake: usually formed by the accumulation of plant litter; sometimes artificially built on wooden platforms, as in Asia.
Origin of floating island
First recorded in 1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It rose above the mass of moving heads like a floating island.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Anne knew all about the floating island: it had been on the lake for many years, she said.

  • For this reason then, they say, it became a floating island.

  • “Possibly he was carried there on a floating island,” I answered.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is a floating island, in which there are the government and the governed.

    The Life of St. Paul

    James Stalker
  • So Neptune anchored the floating island in a part of the Ægean Sea.

    Gods and Heroes R. E. Francillon
  • This, says Castera, afforded the fiction of the floating island of Venus.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • But Lottie always makes a floating island, don't you, Lottie?

    The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield
  • The floating island was still faintly illuminated by Alppain.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
  • floating island is a nice dessert, easily made by any child, with reasonable care.

    Cookery for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster
British Dictionary definitions for floating island

floating island

a floating mass of soil held together by vegetation
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