dark continent

noun
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of dark continent

1 or Dark Continent : the continent of Africa
  • It was by the merest caprice of fortune that they headed toward the west coast of Africa, instead of toward Zanzibar on the opposite side of the dark continent.
  • — Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • … little was actually known about the interior of the Dark Continent until the mid-1800s.
  • —Angus Carroll
2 : something unknown or unexplored
  • From Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the world received the shocking discovery that man had opened the dark continent of the atom.
  • —Daniel J. Boorstein

First Known Use of dark continent

1829

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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