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Melville Island

an island in the Arctic Ocean, N of Canada, belonging to Canada. 200 miles (320 km) long; 130 miles (210 km) wide. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On the 24th he got off a harbour on the western side of Melville Island.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • Melville Island, remains of Eskimo at, 69; musk-oxen at, 106.

    The Great Frozen Sea Albert Hastings Markham
  • Military men in Halifax could never have had a moment's serious apprehension from the prisoners on Melville Island.

  • (from Port Essington and Melville Island); but the branches, with their leaves, are more stout, and the bracts more obtuse.

  • This sandstone contains beds of coal, apparently the continuation of the well-known coal-beds of Melville Island.

    In the Arctic Seas Francis Leopold McClintock
  • At the end of three weeks, we eight lakesmen were sent to Melville Island, among the great herd of prisoners.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We passed along the south side of Melville Island, where a large fire was still burning.

  • Thus no less than eight fine ships flying the pendant, and two land parties are directed, by different routes, on Melville Island.

  • It was found that, in Melville Island, the earth was carpeted with moss and herbage, with saxifrages and poppies.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • We found the nature of this part of Melville Island to be low rocky points, separating sandy bays.

British Dictionary definitions for Melville Island

Melville Island

a Canadian island in the Arctic Ocean, north of Victoria Island: in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Area: 41 865 sq km (16 164 sq miles)
an island in the Arafura Sea, off the N central coast of Australia, separated from the mainland by Clarence Strait. Area: 6216 sq km (2400 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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