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Labrador

[lab-ruh-dawr]
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  1. a peninsula in NE North America surrounded by Hudson Bay, the Atlantic, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, containing the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Quebec. 510,000 sq. mi. (1,320,900 sq. km).
  2. the portion of Newfoundland in the E part of the peninsula. About 120,000 sq. mi. (310,800 sq. km).
  3. (sometimes lowercase) Labrador retriever.
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Labrador

noun
  1. Also called: Labrador-Ungava a large peninsula of NE Canada, on the Atlantic, the Gulf of St Lawrence, Hudson Strait, and Hudson Bay: contains most of Quebec and the mainland part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; geologically part of the Canadian Shield. Area: 1 619 000 sq km (625 000 sq miles)
  2. Also called: Coast of Labrador a region of NE Canada, on the Atlantic and consisting of the mainland part of Newfoundland and Labrador province
  3. (often not capital) short for Labrador retriever
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Word Origin and History for labrador

Labrador

large province of eastern Canada, probably from Portuguese lavrador "landholder," perhaps in reference to 15c. Portuguese explorer Joao Fernandes, a landholder in the Azores. The name was first applied to Greenland. The breed of retriever dog so called from 1815. Related: Labradorian.

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labrador in Culture

Labrador

The portion of the province of Newfoundland, Canada, that lies on the mainland of North America.

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It is the eastern part of the large Labrador-Ungava peninsular region of eastern Canada.
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