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New Zealand

New Zealand

An island country in the southern Pacific Ocean southeast of Australia. Maori groups probably migrated to New Zealand from Polynesia by the late 1200s. Visited by Abel Tasman in 1642, the islands were more thoroughly explored by Capt. James Cook in three voyages between 1769 and 1777. The British established their first permanent settlement in 1840 and claimed the region as a crown colony. New Zealand received dominion status in 1907 and became fully independent in 1931. Wellington is the capital and Auckland the largest city.

New Zea′land·er n.

New Zealand

(ˈziːlənd)
n
(Placename) an independent dominion within the Commonwealth, occupying two main islands (the North Island and the South Island), Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, and a number of minor islands in the SE Pacific: original Māori inhabitants ceded sovereignty to the British government in 1840; became a dominion in 1907; a major world exporter of dairy products, wool, and meat. Official languages: English and Māori. Religion: Christian majority, nonreligious and Māori minorities. Currency: New Zealand dollar. Capital: Wellington. Pop: 4 365 113 (2013 est). Area: 270 534 sq km (104 454 sq miles)

New` Zea′land

(ˈzi lənd)
n.
a country in the S Pacific, SE of Australia, consisting of North Island, South Island, and adjacent small islands: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 3,662,265; 104,454 sq. mi. (270,534 sq. km). Cap.: Wellington.
New` Zea′land•er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.New Zealand - an independent country within the British CommonwealthNew Zealand - an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
British Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Nations - an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British Crown
British Empire - a former empire consisting of Great Britain and all the territories under its control; reached its greatest extent at the end of World War I; it included the British Isles, British West Indies, Canada, British Guiana; British West Africa, British East Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand; "the sun never sets on the British Empire"
New Zealand Islands, New Zealand - North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific
Auckland - the largest city and principal port of New Zealand
Christchurch - industrial city at the center of a rich agricultural region
capital of New Zealand, Wellington - the capital of New Zealand
Cook Strait - a narrow strait separating the North Island and South Island in New Zealand
pom, pommy - a disparaging term for a British person
New Zealander, Kiwi - a native or inhabitant of New Zealand
returning officer - the official in each electorate who holds the election and returns the results
2.New Zealand - North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific
North Island - the smaller but more populous of two main islands of New Zealand; separated from South Island by Cook Strait
South Island - the larger but less populous of two main islands of New Zealand; separated from North Island by Cook Strait
New Zealand - an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
Pacific, Pacific Ocean - the largest ocean in the world
Translations
Nový Zéland
New Zealand
Nov-Zelando
Uusi-Seelanti
Novi Zeland
Új-Zéland
ニュージーランド
뉴질랜드
New ZealandNy-Zealand
Nova ZelândiaNueva Zelanda
Nova Zelandija
Nya Zeeland
ประเทศนิวซีแลนด์
nước New Zealand

New Zealand

[ˌnjuːˈziːlənd]
nNouvelle-Zélande f
in New Zealand → en Nouvelle-Zélande
adj (gen)néo-zélandais(e); [lamb] → de Nouvelle-ZélandeNew Zealander [ˌnjuːˈziːləndər] nNéo-Zélandais(e) m/f

New Zealand

[ˌnjuːˈziːlənd] n
2. adjneozelandese

New Zealand

نيُوزِلَنْدَا Nový Zéland New Zealand Neuseeland Νέα Ζηλανδία Nueva Zelanda Uusi-Seelanti Nouvelle-Zélande Novi Zeland Nuova Zelanda ニュージーランド 뉴질랜드 Nieuw-Zeeland New Zealand Nowa Zelandia Nova Zelândia Новая Зеландия Nya Zeeland ประเทศนิวซีแลนด์ Yeni Zelanda nước New Zealand 新西兰
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From the extraordinary manner in which European productions have recently spread over New Zealand, and have seized on places which must have been previously occupied, we may believe, if all the animals and plants of Great Britain were set free in New Zealand, that in the course of time a multitude of British forms would become thoroughly naturalized there, and would exterminate many of the natives.
A heavy sea took him off the poop in the run between New Zealand and the Horn."
Germany, Italy, France, Australia, and New Zealand were busy forming cooperative commonwealths.
Then this new island will be joined later on to the neighboring groups, and a fifth continent will stretch from New Zealand and New Caledonia, and from thence to the Marquesas.
But be easy, be easy, this here harpooneer I have been tellin' you of has just arrived from the south seas, where he bought up a lot of 'balmed New Zealand heads (great curios, you know), and he's sold all on 'em but one, and that one he's trying to sell to-night, cause to-morrow's Sunday, and it would not do to be sellin' human heads about the streets when folks is goin' to churches.
In New Zealand, before the introduction of the potato, the roots of the fern were largely consumed; at the present time, I believe, Tierra del Fuego is the only country in the world where a cryptogamic plant affords a staple article of food.
Please, Ma'am, is this New Zealand or Australia?' (and she tried to curtsey as she spoke--fancy CURTSEYING as you're falling through the air!
Of course, it was possible you might meet again: he might have said so if you had been going to New Zealand; but that did not imply any INTENTION of seeing you--and then, as to the question that followed, anyone might ask that: and how did you answer?--Merely with a stupid, commonplace reply, such as you would have given to Master Murray, or anyone else you had been on tolerably civil terms with.' 'But, then,' persisted Hope, 'the tone and manner in which he spoke.' 'Oh, that is nonsense!
Strickland's idea was to ship on some vessel bound for Australia or New Zealand, and from there make his way to Samoa or Tahiti.
The landlady called it French cooking, by which she meant that the poor quality of the materials was disguised by ill-made sauces: plaice masqueraded as sole and New Zealand mutton as lamb.
There is a race of men in New Zealand, or Australia, I have forgotten which, who indicate their preference for the lady of their affections by banging her over the head with a bludgeon.
They appreciated or sneered at the morning editorials, jumped from labor conditions in New Zealand to Henry James and Brander Matthews, passed on to the German designs in the Far East and the economic aspect of the Yellow Peril, wrangled over the German elections and Bebel's last speech, and settled down to local politics, the latest plans and scandals in the union labor party administration, and the wires that were pulled to bring about the Coast Seamen's strike.

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