chersonese

[kur-suh-neez, -nees]

noun

a peninsula.

Nearby words

  1. cherry-pick,
  2. cherry-pie,
  3. cherry-red spot,
  4. cherry-red spot myoclonus syndrome,
  5. cherrystone,
  6. chert,
  7. chertsey,
  8. cherub,
  9. cherubfish,
  10. cherubic

Origin of chersonese

1595–1605; < Latin chersonēsus < Greek chersónēsos, equivalent to chérso(s) dry + nḗsos island

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British Dictionary definitions for chersonese

chersonese

noun

  1. a poetic or rhetorical word for peninsula
  2. (capital when part of a name)Thracian Chersonese

Word Origin for chersonese

C17: from Latin, from Greek khersonēsos, from khersos dry (land) + nēsos island

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Word Origin and History for chersonese

Chersonese

from Greek khersonesos "peninsula," from khersos "dry land" + nesos "island," which is of uncertain origin; perhaps from *na-sos, literally "that which swims," from PIE root sna- "to swim" (see natatorium).

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