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[his-puh n-yoh-luh; Spanish ees-pahn-yaw-lah] /ˌhɪs pənˈyoʊ lə; Spanish ˌis pɑnˈyɔ lɑ/
an island in the West Indies, comprising the republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 29,843 sq. mi. (77,293 sq. km). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They consisted of the grain for bread-making, which is called in Hispaniola maize, and in Uraba hobba.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • Accordingly, it was decided to abandon the enterprise and return to Hispaniola.

  • Haïti, named Hispaniola or Little Spain, was chosen from the first as the island on which a settlement should be planted.

  • For the rest, the Hispaniola must trust to luck, like myself.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Everybody agreed in saying that she was the most beautiful of the women nature had created in the island of Hispaniola.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • When the Jeronimite fathers arrived in Hispaniola they failed to do what was expected of them.

    Las Casas Alice J. Knight
  • If he would, he should be presented with the bell of the chapel, the voice of the church, the wonder of Hispaniola.

  • That land, you treacherous, forsworn Spanish dog, is the island of Hispaniola.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • When they grow up and especially if their fathers are dead, they are sent back to Hispaniola, where they rule their compatriots.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • Then he sailed for the island of Hispaniola, now called Haiti.

    Discoverers and Explorers Edward R. Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for Hispaniola


/ˌhɪspənˈjəʊlə; Spanish ispaˈɲola/
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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