[green-luh nd, -land] /ˈgrin lənd, -ˌlænd/
a self-governing island belonging to Denmark, located NE of North America: the largest island in the world. About 844,000 sq. mi. (2,186,000 sq. km); about 700,000 sq. mi. (1,800,000 sq. km) icecapped.
a large island, lying mostly within the Arctic Circle off the NE coast of North America: first settled by Icelanders in 986; resettled by Danes from 1721 onwards; integral part of Denmark (1953–79); granted internal autonomy 1979; mostly covered by an icecap up to 3300 m (11 000 ft) thick, with ice-free coastal strips and coastal mountains; the population is largely Inuit, with a European minority; fishing, hunting, and mining. Capital: Nuuk (Godthåb). Pop: 57 714 (2013 est). Area: 175 600 sq km (840 000 sq miles) Danish name Grønland Greenlandic name Kalaallit Nunaat
Old Norse Groenland, so named by its discoverer (986 C.E.) because “it would induce settlers to go there, if the land had a good name”:
Hann gaf nafn landinu ok kallaði Groenland, ok kvað menn þat myndu fysa þangat farar, at landit ætti nafn gott. [Islendingabok, 1122-1133]
Island lying largely within the Arctic Circle; owned by Denmark but governed locally since 1978. Its native name is Kaballit Nunaat.
Note: Greenland is the largest island in the world. (Australia is larger but is officially a continent, not an island.)
noun 1. the ocean current flowing clockwise around S Greenland.
[green-luh nd, -land] /ˈgrin lənd, -ˌlænd/ noun 1. a self-governing island belonging to Denmark, located NE of North America: the largest island in the world. About 844,000 sq. mi. (2,186,000 sq. km); about 700,000 sq. mi. (1,800,000 sq. km) icecapped. Capital: Godthåb. /ˈɡriːnləndə/ noun 1. a native or inhabitant of Greenland /ˈɡriːnlənd/ noun 1. a […]
[green-lan-dik] /grinˈlæn dɪk/ noun 1. a dialect of Inuit, spoken in . adjective 2. of or relating to , its inhabitants, or their language. /ɡriːnˈlændɪk/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Greenland, the Greenlanders, or the Inuit dialect spoken in Greenland noun 2. the dialect of Inuktitut spoken in Greenland
noun 1. a part of the Arctic Ocean, NE of Greenland and N of Iceland. noun 1. the S part of the Arctic Ocean, off the NE coast of Greenland