Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A country in Oceania, to the east of Australia. Official name: New Zealand. Abbreviation: NZ or Aotearoa
  • proper n. The islands of New Zealand, especially the North Island, South Island and nearby coastal islands.
  • proper n. The Realm of New Zealand, including the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and the Ross Dependency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific
  • n. an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery

Etymologies

From Dutch Nieuw-Zeeland, "new Zeeland", after the Dutch settlement in Batavia, which in turn had been named after the Dutch province of Zeeland. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • New Zealand has the tuatara, the last surviving species of an order of beaky-faced reptiles that flourished in the Triassic period, before the peak of the dinosaurs.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • While the islands of Polynesia and Melanesia were harboring rich Neolithic cultures, while places as remote as New Zealand and Hawaii and Easter Island were being colonized by adventurous men and women in canoes, the Mascarene Islands like the Galápagos remained uninhabited.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • There was more encouraging news from Pacific Fibre, which plans to build a subsea cable running from Australia to New Zealand and on to the United States.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • Tonys New Zealand cockles, or frutti di mare, or calves brains.

    The Italian Summer

  • Until humans sailed in with their pestilential entourage of domestics and camp-followers and pets, New Zealand had harbored no nonflying mammals, not even a species of rodent.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 1998;22: 17–26.

    The Panic Virus

  • However, said Lieutenant George Johnston in minatory tones, His Excellency was seriously considering shipping all recalcitrants to New Zealand and dumping them ashore to be eaten by the cannibals.

    Morgan’s Run

  • New Zealand had the moa Dinornis maximus, a giant on the same scale as Aepyornis maximus, though skinnier—more like a giraffe than like an elephant.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Cook had seen New Zealand and Tahiti, among others, and the same logistical imperatives had made the Azores, the Madeiras, the Canaries, and the Mascarenes familiar to European mariners therefore also to European science at an early stage.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The earliest large-scale study along these lines was done by a group of geneticists in New Zealand led by Professor David Penny.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

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