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chersonese

[kur-suh-neez, -nees]
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noun
  1. a peninsula.
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Origin of chersonese

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

head, neck, point, mole, bill, jetty, peninsula, headland, finger, beak, tongue, arm, foreland, naze, ness, cape, chersonese, jutty

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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
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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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