land bridge


noun

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.
a transcontinental rail route between countries, as those in Europe and the Far East, considered faster and less costly than all-sea routes.

Nearby words

  1. land,
  2. land agent,
  3. land art,
  4. land bank,
  5. land breeze,
  6. land contract,
  7. land crab,
  8. land dayak,
  9. land flowing with milk and honey,
  10. land forces

Also land·bridge [land-brij] /ˈlændˌbrɪdʒ/.

Origin of land bridge

First recorded in 1895–1900

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Examples from the Web for land bridge

  • 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

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