[ nuhl-er-bawr, nuhl-ahr-ber ]
/ ˈnʌl ərˌbɔr, nʌlˈɑr bər /
a treeless, semiarid area of S Australia, contiguous to the Great Australian Bight.
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Origin of Nullarbor Plain
< Latin nullus ‘no, none’ + arbor ‘tree’
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British Dictionary definitions for nullarbor plain
/ (ˈnʌləˌbɔː) /
a vast low plateau of S Australia: extends north from the Great Australian Bight to the Great Victoria Desert; has no surface water or trees. Area: 260 000 sq km (100 000 sq miles)
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