sub·​con·​ti·​nent | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-tə-nənt How to pronounce subcontinent (audio) , -ˈkänt-nənt \

Definition of subcontinent

: a large landmass smaller than a continent especially : a major subdivision of a continent the Indian subcontinent

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subcontinental \ ˌsəb-​ˌkän-​tə-​ˈnen-​tᵊl How to pronounce subcontinent (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Xiaomi also beat Apple to opening up physical stores on the subcontinent. Fortune, "How Chinese phonemaker Xiaomi conquered India—and outperformed Apple," 3 Dec. 2020 Lately, some companies have sought to shift the burdens of a struggling American middle class to workers in Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and elsewhere. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "What if You Could Outsource Your To-Do List?," 30 Nov. 2020 As the epicenter of the subcontinent’s renowned spice trade, the town attracted traders from far-flung locations, including members of India’s oldest Jewish communities. Christabel Lobo,, "India’s Jew Town only has a handful of Jews left," 17 Dec. 2020 The Lancet, that posited the earliest human-to-human transmission occurred on the Indian subcontinent three to four months before the Wuhan outbreak. Sha Hua, WSJ, "China Floats Covid-19 Theories That Point to Foreign Origins, Frozen Food," 8 Dec. 2020 There are fewer cultural barriers to handling human biological materials than in many parts of the world, and Indian scientists have eagerly pursued research into the peopling of the subcontinent. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020 The Indian subcontinent, which collided with Eurasia about 10 million years after nonavian dinosaurs went extinct, is home to fossils found nowhere else, including the 80-ton Bruhathkayosaurus and the chicken-sized Alwalkeria. Kalpana Sunder, The Christian Science Monitor, "India’s fossil heritage is vast. It’s also under threat.," 2 Dec. 2020 Some school textbooks now glorify Hindu myths and paint the subcontinent’s Muslim rulers in a barbaric light. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 In prehistoric times around 88 million years ago, Madagascar, the island country in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, split off from the Indian subcontinent. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz Africa, "Scientists say this African island nation is slowly breaking up into smaller islands," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of subcontinent

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcontinent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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: a large area of land that is a part of a continent

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