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or IJs·sel·meer  (ī′səl-mâr′, -mār′)
A shallow, artificial lake of northwest Netherlands. It was formed from the Zuider Zee by the construction of a large dike (completed 1932). Much fertile farmland has been reclaimed from the lake since that time.
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(Dutch ɛisəlˈmeːr) or


(Placename) a shallow lake in the NW Netherlands; formed from the S part of the Zuider Zee by the construction of the IJsselmeer Dam in 1932; salt water gradually replaced by fresh water from the IJssel River; fisheries (formerly marine fish, now esp eels). Area: (before reclamation) 3690 sq km (1425 sq miles). Estimated final area: 1200 sq km (465 sq miles). English name: Ijssel Lake
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or Ijs•sel•meer

(ˈaɪ səlˌmɛər)

a lake in the NW Netherlands created by the diking of the Zuider Zee. 465 sq. mi. (1204 sq. km).
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Noun1.IJsselmeer - a shallow lake in northwestern Netherlands created in 1932 by building a dam across the entrance to the Zuider Zee
Holland, Kingdom of The Netherlands, Nederland, Netherlands, The Netherlands - a constitutional monarchy in western Europe on the North Sea; half the country lies below sea level
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Hot and cold smoked herring and mackerel are largely produced in Urk, a former island in the Zuiderzee (the current IJselmeer) that was linked to the continent after land was reclaimed from the sea following construction of the Enclosure Dam in 1932.
This large and well maintained bungalow park is situated on the shores of the Ijselmeer, approximately 40 minutes drive from Amsterdam, and close to the historic towns of Enkhuizen and Hoorn, both busy watersport centres.