- a dessert consisting of boiled custard with portions of meringue, whipped cream, or whipped egg whites and sometimes jelly floating upon it or around it.
- a floating mass of earth and partly decayed vegetation held together by interlacing roots, as on a lake: usually formed by the accumulation of plant litter; sometimes artificially built on wooden platforms, as in Asia.
Origin of floating island
First recorded in 1630–40
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"I guess I'll go and get some floating-island," she thought.The Vehement Flame
Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
- a floating mass of soil held together by vegetation
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