[green-luh nd, -land]
- a self-governing island belonging to Denmark, located NE of North America: the largest island in the world. About 844,000 sq. mi. (2,186,000 sq. km); about 700,000 sq. mi. (1,800,000 sq. km) icecapped. Capital: Godthåb.
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Examples from the Web for greenlander
What the Greenlander said is corroborated by what a Kaffir said.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
For the same reason the Icelander differs from the Greenlander.Man and His Migrations
R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
A Greenlander named Aaron once fell sick and had to keep to his bed.
From this age onwards, the young Greenlander remains a toiler of the sea.
The Greenlander is also very fond of raw seal-skin with the blubber.
- a native or inhabitant of Greenland
- a large island, lying mostly within the Arctic Circle off the NE coast of North America: first settled by Icelanders in 986; resettled by Danes from 1721 onwards; integral part of Denmark (1953–79); granted internal autonomy 1979; mostly covered by an icecap up to 3300 m (11 000 ft) thick, with ice-free coastal strips and coastal mountains; the population is largely Inuit, with a European minority; fishing, hunting, and mining. Capital: Nuuk (Godthåb). Pop: 57 714 (2013 est). Area: 175 600 sq km (840 000 sq miles)Danish name: Grønland Greenlandic name: Kalaallit Nunaat
Word Origin and History for greenlander
Old Norse Groenland, so named by its discoverer (986 C.E.) because "it would induce settlers to go there, if the land had a good name":
Hann gaf nafn landinu ok kallaði Groenland, ok kvað menn þat myndu fysa þangat farar, at landit ætti nafn gott. [Islendingabok, 1122-1133]
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