Flinders

[flin-derz]

noun

Matthew,1774–1814, English navigator and explorer: surveyed coast of Australia.
a river in NE Australia, flowing NW to the Gulf of Carpentaria. 520 miles (837 km) long.

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British Dictionary definitions for matthew flinders

flinders

pl n

rare small fragments or splinters (esp in the phrase fly into flinders)

Word Origin for flinders

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flindra thin piece of stone
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Word Origin and History for matthew flinders

flinders

n.

mid-15c., Scottish flendris, probably related to Norwegian flindra "chip, splinter," or Dutch flenter "fragment;" ultimately from the same PIE root that produced flint.

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