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New Zealand

[zee-luh nd] /ˈzi lənd/
a country in the S Pacific, SE of Australia, consisting of North Island, South Island, and adjacent small islands: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 103,416 sq. mi. (267,845 sq. km).
Capital: Wellington.
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New Zealander, noun Unabridged
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  • Is the new zealander so very exceptional in his fancy for wood-worms?

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • And do you mean to say this new zealander's actually coming to our school?

  • At this present moment a friend, a new zealander, is in parlous plight.

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • Both parties signed; the girl was an artiste, became a new zealander.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • How curious will be the first book of travels in England, written by a new zealander!

  • Not only was there a coat, but a new zealander's complete kit.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • The new zealander, like his Australian brother, is a meat eater.

  • A new zealander is said to speak from his diaphragm, hands clenched at the sides, as the old Maoris used.

  • The new zealander throws his pattoo-pattoo, and the Australian throws the dowak and the waddy, as well as his boomerang.

    The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
British Dictionary definitions for new zealander

New Zealander

a native or inhabitant of New Zealand

New Zealand

an independent dominion within the Commonwealth, occupying two main islands (the North Island and the South Island), Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, and a number of minor islands in the SE Pacific: original Māori inhabitants ceded sovereignty to the British government in 1840; became a dominion in 1907; a major world exporter of dairy products, wool, and meat. Official languages: English and Māori. Religion: Christian majority, nonreligious and Māori minorities. Currency: New Zealand dollar. Capital: Wellington. Pop: 4 365 113 (2013 est). Area: 270 534 sq km (104 454 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for new zealander

New Zealand

from Dutch Nieuw Zeeland, literally "new sea land," but chiefly a reference to the Dutch province of Zeeland. Discovered 1647 by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and originally named Staaten Landt; the name was changed the following year by Dutch authorities.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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new zealander in Culture

New Zealand definition

Nation in the southern Pacific Ocean containing two principal islands — North Island and South Island — and several small outlying islands. Its capital is Wellington, and its largest city is Auckland.

Note: New Zealand is known for its sheep industry and spectacular scenery.
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