[ awf-ahy-luh nd, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈaɪ lənd, ˈɒf- /
located or tending away from the shore of an island: an off-island current.
away from the shore of an island: The ship sank about two miles off-island.
Why is Easter Island Named “Easter”?The instantly recognizable statues on Easter Island (887 of them), called moai, have perplexed and fascinated explorers, experts and average folks since the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen came across it in 1722. And Mr. Roggeveen is the reason it’s called Easter Island. He and his crew dropped anchor on Easter Sunday. The current inhabitants of Isla de Pascua (Spanish for “Easter Island”) call it Rapa Nui, a …
Origin of off-island
First recorded in 1915–20
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