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Lapland

[lap-land] /ˈlæpˌlænd/
noun
1.
a region in N Norway, N Sweden, N Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of the NW Russian Federation in Europe: inhabited by Lapps.
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  • The loaves and the ham were finished, and Gerda and the reindeer were in Lapland.

  • They, of course, both when with us and in Lapland as well, lived and slept where the herd was.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • She would have been a social success in Honolulu or Lapland, the witch!

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • I believe by a gold mine he knows about somewhere, and a steam tramway in Lapland.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • Nothing was more certain than that the Bishop of Tronyem was in a Lapland tent.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • Thus, certain species of Helianthemum are apetalous in Lapland.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Taking an Icelander, by the name of Holm, as his guide, he entered Lapland.

    Louis Philippe

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • What astonishes me is that he does not make fury in that England of yours—that Lapland!

  • In the north of this peninsula is Lapland, and in the south, Finland.

  • Who could have expected to find such an edifice, here, on the borders of Lapland?

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for Lapland

Lapland

/ˈlæpˌlænd/
noun
1.
an extensive region of N Europe, mainly within the Arctic Circle: consists of the N parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of the extreme NW of Russia Also called (informal) Land of the Midnight Sun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Lapland

1570s, from Lapp, the Swedish name for this Finnic people (their name for themselves was Sabme), which probably originally was an insulting coinage (cf. Middle High German lappe "simpleton"). In English traditionally the home of witches and wizards who had power to conjure winds and tempests. Related: Laplander.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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