from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of eastern Australia on the Brisbane River, about 345 km (215 mi) long, near its mouth on Moreton Bay, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean. The area was settled in 1824 as a penal colony.

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  • proper noun Large city and State capital of Queensland (Australia).

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  • noun capital and largest city of Queensland state; located in the southeastern corner of Queensland on the Pacific; settled by British as a penal colony; 3rd largest city in Australia


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