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geographical name\ˈī-səl-ˌmer, ˈā-\
Definition of IJSSELMEER
freshwater lake N Netherlands separated from North Sea by a dike & bordered by reclaimed lands; part of former Zuider Zee (inlet of North Sea)
Variants of IJSSELMEER
IJs·sel·meer or Lake Ijs·sel\ˈī-səl, ˈā-\
Shallow freshwater lake, northern and central Netherlands. Fed by the IJssel River, it was formed from the southern part of the former Zuiderzee by a dam, which separates it from both the Waddenzee and the North Sea. It previously had a total area of 1,328 sq mi (3,440 sq km), though this has been reduced by reclamation projects that have increased the land area of the Netherlands by more than 600 sq mi (1,600 sq km). Regulated by sluices, the formerly brackish water has been replaced by fresh water from the IJssel River, and eel fisheries have been established.