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white land

[cf. Scots idem, land which is not moss or peat CSD] n. land near the sea, consisting mainly of coral sand: 1888 white land or sandy soil (Powles 222). 1905 The coral sand, or "white land" as it is popularly called, consists of sand of a whitish or greyish color. ft is formed from the debris of the coral reefs and shells, ground to a sand of varying fineness by wave action, and afterward carried inland from the beach by the winds (Shattuck 155). cf. BLACK LAND, RED LAND (Gen.)

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Last update: 2010-11-08 01:18
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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