South Seas


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South Seas

The oceans south of the equator, especially the southern Pacific Ocean. The name South Sea is a translation of El Mar del Sur, first used by Vasco Núñez de Balboa in 1513 for the entire Pacific Ocean.

South Seas

pl n
(Placename) the seas south of the equator

South′ Seas′


n.pl.
the seas south of the equator.
Translations

South Seas

npl
the South Seas → les mers fpl du Sud

South Seas

npl the South Seasi Mari del Sud
References in classic literature ?
Here, again, it seems wisest to leave the remaining adventures in the South Seas to the reader's own discovery, simply stating that, after a sojourn at the Society Islands, Melville shipped for Honolulu.
Whether our author entered on his whaling adventures in the South Seas with a determination to make them available for literary purposes, may never be certainly known.
But do you realize that I would be looked upon as the most foolish jackanapes in the South Seas if I took a young girl like you in with me here on Berande?
As for capability, I tell you I can sail all around the average broken captain or promoted able seaman you find in the South Seas.
The Albatross, British cruiser of the second class, of which he was fourth lieutenant, had called in at Tulagi with dispatches from the High Commissioner of the English South Seas.
The South Seas is populous with treasure-hunters--" Almost could Daughtry have sworn that he had seen a flash of anxiety break through the dream-films that bleared the Ancient Mariner's eyes.
And in the South Seas garnered a better vocabulary from the lexicon of Love," Percival was quick on the uptake.
Incidentally, he had ideas about coral-reefs, disagreed profoundly with Darwin on that subject, had voiced his opinion in several monographs and one book, and was now back at his hobby, cruising the South Seas in a tiny, thirty-ton yacht and studying reef-formations.
It was true the South Seas were calling to him, but he had a feeling that the game was not yet played out in the United States.
During his sea faring days he had cruised the South Seas, and he determined now to seek his fortune there.
But all this is quite different from a South Sea Sperm Whaler; which in a voyage of four years perhaps, after completely filling her hold with oil, does not, perhaps, consume fifty days in the business of boiling out; and in the state that it is casked, the oil is nearly scentless.
All that is made such a flourish of in the old South Sea Voyages, those things were but the lifetime commonplaces of our heroic Nantucketers.

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