western hemisphere

variants: or Western Hemisphere

Definition of western hemisphere

: the half of the earth comprising North and South America and surrounding waters

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The first specimen ever to bloom in the western hemisphere occurred here in 1937. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The World's Stinkiest Flower is Ready to Bloom in the Bronx," 21 June 2019 Moving the iconic statue—which is the largest sphinx in the western hemisphere—takes more than a dolly and a few burly movers. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Penn Museum Just Floated a 12-Ton Sphinx Out a Window," 13 June 2019 If China were in charge of the western hemisphere, the first day would be the beginning of the end of our drug culture. Elgin Courier-News, "Speak out: Assault weapons ban worked," 10 Mar. 2018 The North American Aerospace Defense Command, the government agency that provides air protection for the western hemisphere, keeps tabs on Ol' Saint Nick every year. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "NORAD Santa Tracker: Here is when the big guy will arrive in Kentucky," 24 Dec. 2017 Greenwich is home to the Prime Meridian, a conceptual line that divides the Earth into eastern and western hemispheres, as well as Cutty Sark, the legendary British last real tea clipper ship. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Trump will be 'banned' from this part of London if his visit to Britain goes ahead," 15 Dec. 2017 Mexico is the western hemisphere's most dangerous country for journalists, according to RSF. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Journalist from Mexico denied entry to attend event in Washington, D.C.," 14 Sep. 2017 The satellite remains above the western hemisphere, beaming down full-color images of the continental United States every 15 minutes. Pratheek Rebala, Time, "See Stunning New Images of Irma and Jose From Space," 12 Sep. 2017

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1646, in the meaning defined above

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