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Newfoundland

[noo-fuh n-luh nd, -land, -fuh nd-, nyoo-; noo-found-luh nd, nyoo-]
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  1. a large island in E Canada. 42,734 sq. mi. (110,680 sq. km).
  2. a province in E Canada, composed of Newfoundland island and Labrador. 155,364 sq. mi. (402,390 sq. km). Capital: St. John's.
  3. one of a breed of large, powerful dogs having a dense, oily, usually black coat, raised originally in Newfoundland.
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Newfoundland

noun
  1. an island of E Canada, separated from the mainland by the Strait of Belle Isle: with the Coast of Labrador, forms the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; consists of a rugged plateau with the Long Range Mountains in the west. Area: 110 681 sq km (42 734 sq miles)
  2. the former name for Newfoundland and Labrador
  3. a very large heavy breed of dog similar to a Saint Bernard with a flat coarse usually black coat
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Word Origin and History for newfoundland

Newfoundland

1585, from newfound + land (n.). In reference to a type of dog, from 1773. Related: Newfoundlander. Colloquial shortening Newfie for the inhabitants or the place is recorded from 1942.

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newfoundland in Culture

Newfoundland

[(nooh-fuhn-luhnd, nooh-fuhn-land)]

Province in eastern Canada consisting of the island of Newfoundland, the mainland area of Labrador, and their adjacent islands. St. John's is its capital and largest city.

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Newfoundland became Canada's tenth province in 1949. The remains of possible Viking settlements have been found in Newfoundland.

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It was the first overseas possession of England; fishing settlements began in the sixteenth century.
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