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Hispaniola

[his-puh n-yoh-luh; Spanish ees-pahn-yaw-lah] /ˌhɪs pənˈyoʊ lə; Spanish ˌis pɑnˈyɔ lɑ/
noun
1.
an island in the West Indies, comprising the republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 29,843 sq. mi. (77,293 sq. km).
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  • That land, you treacherous, forsworn Spanish dog, is the island of Hispaniola.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Then he sailed for the island of Hispaniola, now called Haiti.

    Discoverers and Explorers Edward R. Shaw
  • At Hispaniola he repaired his vessels, and then sailed back to Spain.

    Discoverers and Explorers Edward R. Shaw
  • The colonization of Hispaniola had commenced in 1493, when the town of Isabella was built.

  • Accordingly, it was decided to abandon the enterprise and return to Hispaniola.

  • We had some heavy weather, which only proved the qualities of the Hispaniola.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Hispaniola was rolling scuppers under in the ocean swell.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "This here's an unlucky ship—the Hispaniola, Jim," he went on, blinking.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • For the rest, the Hispaniola must trust to luck, like myself.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Good-by to the Hispaniola, good-by to the squire, the doctor, and the captain.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for Hispaniola

Hispaniola

/ˌhɪspənˈjəʊlə; Spanish ispaˈɲola/
noun
1.
the second largest island in the Caribbean, in the Greater Antilles: divided politically into Haiti and the Dominican Republic; discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, who named it La Isla Española. Area: 18 703 sq km (29 418 sq miles) Former name Santo Domingo
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Word Origin and History for Hispaniola

West Indian island, from Spanish la isla española "the Spanish island" (not "little Spain"); name said to have been given by Columbus in 1492.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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