- a self-governing island belonging to Denmark, located NE of North America: the largest island in the world. About 844,000 sq. mi. (2,186,000 sq. km); about 700,000 sq. mi. (1,800,000 sq. km) icecapped. Capital: Godthåb.
Examples from the Web for greenland
Greenland is actually full of ice,” they said, “and Iceland is actually green!Iceland Is Beautiful. And Sooo Weird.
April 17, 2014
The result will be an epic cold air outbreak, with much of the coldness being channeled southward from Greenland.After the Blizzard, 100 Million People Will Be Hit With Freezing Air From the North Pole
January 3, 2014
In 1995, the school went global, holding class in Greenland and including Santas from Ireland to South Africa.Perfect Your Ho-Ho-Ho’s at the Top Santa-Training School
December 26, 2013
Norwegians says the man in red resides in Drøbak; the Danes send their wish lists to Greenland.8 Facts You Never Knew About Christmas
December 24, 2013
“We are now losing 300 cubic kilometer of ice a year in Greenland,” said Wadhams.The End of the Arctic? Ocean Could be Ice Free by 2015
December 13, 2013
In Greenland, divorce often takes place at the end of six months.The Sexual Question
"Um-hm," repeated Dorinda, crossing over to Greenland, so to speak.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
The postal service on the shore of Greenland is very defective.
A similar phenomenon was observed in Greenland in 1799, by the Moravians.
It reminded us of Mrs. Peary's description of native smells in Greenland.A Woman who went to Alaska
May Kellogg Sullivan
- a large island, lying mostly within the Arctic Circle off the NE coast of North America: first settled by Icelanders in 986; resettled by Danes from 1721 onwards; integral part of Denmark (1953–79); granted internal autonomy 1979; mostly covered by an icecap up to 3300 m (11 000 ft) thick, with ice-free coastal strips and coastal mountains; the population is largely Inuit, with a European minority; fishing, hunting, and mining. Capital: Nuuk (Godthåb). Pop: 57 714 (2013 est). Area: 175 600 sq km (840 000 sq miles)Danish name: Grønland Greenlandic name: Kalaallit Nunaat
Word Origin and History for greenland
Old Norse Groenland, so named by its discoverer (986 C.E.) because "it would induce settlers to go there, if the land had a good name":
Hann gaf nafn landinu ok kallaði Groenland, ok kvað menn þat myndu fysa þangat farar, at landit ætti nafn gott. [Islendingabok, 1122-1133]