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Spitsbergen

or Spitzbergen

[spits-bur-guh n] /ˈspɪtsˌbɜr gən/
noun
1.
a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean, N of and belonging to Norway. 24,293 sq. mi. (62,920 sq. km).
Norwegian Svalbard.
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Historical Examples
  • In 1878 we were compelled to winter on the north-western coast of Spitsbergen.

    Nightmare Tales H. P. Blavatsky
  • I have described examples of it in Spitsbergen and the Andes which need not be quoted here.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • The coast of Spitsbergen is rich with the tales and traditions of human achievement and suffering.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • Yet in Spitsbergen this only happens in a relatively small area, within Kings Bay.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • On this occasion he had two ships, and on the outward journey sighted Bear Island and Spitsbergen, where the ships separated.

  • In the Faroe Islands it has occurred as a passing visitor and has also been recorded from Spitsbergen.

  • Whatever happened, we should have been at Spitsbergen, and I was in no humor to yield to anything but the most absolute proof.

  • The same lesson was taught me by the Spitsbergen mountains, amongst which I spent two long summer seasons.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • But the interior of Spitsbergen, and especially its mountain ranges, had scarcely been penetrated before.

    The Alps Martin Conway
British Dictionary definitions for Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen

/ˈspɪtsˌbɜːɡən/
noun
1.
another name for Svalbard
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