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Kerguelen Islands

[kur-guh-len, -luh n] /ˈkɜr gəˌlɛn, -lən/
an archipelago in the S Indian Ocean: a possession of France. 2394 sq. mi. (6200 sq. km).
French Kerguélen
[ker-gey-len] /kɛr geɪˈlɛn/ (Show IPA)
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  • The whole of kerguelen seemed to burst like a bomb-shell with a blaze of light shewing islands and sea.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Consequently, the land they were approaching could be none other than kerguelen Land.

    The Wreck of the Nancy Bell J. C. Hutcheson
  • One man longingly speaks of the cabbages which grow on kerguelen Island.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Across kerguelen those words are written to be read by the soul of man.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • I am now at St. Helena, and shall then go to, and finish with, kerguelen's land.

  • Talked just as though they were on the kerguelen beach hunting for a cave.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • On his return to France, kerguelen met with nothing but ill-will and calumny, in return for so much fatigue, so bravely born.

  • Upon reaching the Cape, kerguelen was obliged to put in for forty days.

  • In January 1893 kerguelen was annexed by France, and its commercial exploitation was assigned to a private company.

  • Then, Monsieur le Prince, with his story of desolate kerguelen, completed the feeling.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for kerguelen


an archipelago in the S Indian Ocean: consists of one large volcanic island (Kerguelen or Desolation Island) and 300 small islands; part of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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