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land bridge

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noun
  1. Geology. an actual or hypothetical strip of land, subject to submergence, that connects adjacent continental landmasses and serves as a route of dispersal for plants and animals: a prehistoric land bridge between Asia and North America.
  2. a transcontinental rail route between countries, as those in Europe and the Far East, considered faster and less costly than all-sea routes.
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Also land·bridge [land-brij] /ˈlændˌbrɪdʒ/.

Origin of land bridge

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples

  • The new-comers had migrated from some centre of culture in North Africa, and appear to have crossed over the Italian land-bridge.

    Ancient Man in Britain

    Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie

  • The easiest crossing to Britain was over the English Channel land-bridge.

    Ancient Man in Britain

    Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie


British Dictionary definitions for land bridge

land bridge

noun
  1. (in zoogeography) a connecting tract of land between two continents, enabling animals to pass from one continent to the other
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