geographical name
Green·​land | \ ˈgrēn-lənd How to pronounce Greenland (audio) , -ˌland \
variants: or Danish Grønland \ ˈgrœn-​ˌlän How to pronounce Grønland (audio) \ or native Kalaallit Nunaat \ kä-​ˈlät-​ˌlēt-​nü-​ˈnät How to pronounce Kalaallit Nunaat (audio) , -​ˈlä-​ \

Definition of Greenland

island belonging to Denmark in the North Atlantic off northeastern North America, largest island in the world (exclusive of Australia); lies mostly north of the Arctic Circle; capital Nuuk area 839,999 square miles (2,175,597 square kilometers), population 56,300

Other Words from Greenland

Greenlander \ ˈgrēn-​lən-​dər How to pronounce Greenlander (audio) , -​ˌlan-​ \ noun
Greenlandic \ ˌgrēn-​ˈlan-​dik How to pronounce Greenlandic (audio) \ adjective

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“Greenland.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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