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Flinders

[flin-derz]
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noun
  1. Matthew,1774–1814, English navigator and explorer: surveyed coast of Australia.
  2. a river in NE Australia, flowing NW to the Gulf of Carpentaria. 520 miles (837 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for matthew flinders

flinders

pl n
  1. rare small fragments or splinters (esp in the phrase fly into flinders)
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Word Origin

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flindra thin piece of stone
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Word Origin and History for matthew flinders

flinders

n.

mid-15c., Scottish flendris, probably related to Norwegian flindra "chip, splinter," or Dutch flenter "fragment;" ultimately from the same PIE root that produced flint.

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