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main: the main, the mainland

[cf. OED main elliptical for mainland, arch.; the Main (from Spanish Main) is still used in MCC for Central America and in Trio, for South America] n. the main island, as opposed to its small off-shore cays: 1895 Channel between a "Cay" and "the Main" (Edwards frantic). 1963 A chain of tiny islands is called the AbacoCays, while the natives refer to Abacoitself as "the main-land" (Cottman 131). (Gen.)

Tags: geography, island, noun

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Last update: 2010-11-11 02:32
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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