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Tierra del Fuego

[tee-er-uh del fwey-goh; Spanish tyer-rah th el fwe-gaw] /tiˈɛr ə dɛl ˈfweɪ goʊ; Spanish ˈtyɛr rɑ ðɛl ˈfwɛ gɔ/
noun
1.
a group of islands at the S tip of South America, separated from the mainland by the Strait of Magellan: jointly owned by Argentina and Chile; boundary disputed. 27,476 sq. mi. (71,165 sq. km).
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  • By sealers and others, Tierra del Fuego is often called “Fireland.”

    The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
  • Mount Sarmiento, in Tierra del Fuego, is 6900 feet above the sea.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • There were patches of low shrubs in sight on Tierra del Fuego, but no trees.

    Round Cape Horn Joseph Lamson
  • But it is a picture often seen in these days in Tierra del Fuego.

  • All the members of the mission died of starvation in Tierra del Fuego.

    Cornwall Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Then comes Tierra del Fuego, which is much the largest of all the islands.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • The northeastern part of Tierra del Fuego belongs to the latter, the southwestern part to Chile.

  • The former were supposed to belong to the mainland of Tierra del Fuego, while the latter were probably islands.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • This latter phenomenon, according to the English missionaries, is rarely observed in Tierra del Fuego.

British Dictionary definitions for Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego

/Spanish ˈtjɛrra ðɛl ˈfweɣo/
noun
1.
an archipelago at the S extremity of South America, separated from the mainland by the Strait of Magellan: the west and south belong to Chile, the east to Argentina. Area: 73 643 sq km (28 434 sq miles)
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