Definition of South Island

1. Noun. The larger but less populous of two main islands of New Zealand; separated from North Island by Cook Strait.

Group relationships: New Zealand, New Zealand Islands
Generic synonyms: Island

Definition of South Island

1. Proper noun. The southernmost of the two major islands making up New Zealand. Also known as the mainland. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of South Island

South China Sea
South Dakota
South Dakotan
South Dakotans
South Downs
South Dravidian
South Equatorial Current
South Florida
South Frigid Zone
South Georgia
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
South Holland
South India
South Indian
South Indians
South Island (current term)
South Islander
South Kalimantan
South Korea
South Korean
South Korean monetary unit
South Korean won
South Koreans
South Levantine Arabic
South Manchuria
South Ndebele
South Ossetia
South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast
South Pacific
South Park

Literary usage of South Island

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"In the South Island, the chief river is the f 'lui h¡i, rising north of Lake Wanaka, and 220 miles in length. It flows into the sea about 50 miles south of ..."

2. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"Of the numerous glaciers In tbc South Island, the Т asman dB miles long by ij wide), ... Very little snow fulls on the low levels even in the South Island. ..."

3. The Journal of the Polynesian Society by Polynesian Society (N.Z.) (1912)
"CONTRIBUTIONS TO South Island tN.Z.) MAORI HISTORY. BY ROGER BUDDLE. following somewhat scrappy and disconnected notes were -L collected chiefly at Colac ..."

4. Australasia by Alfred Russel Wallace, Francis Henry Hill Guillemard (1893)
"... Place of the Greenstone"), are separated by Cook Strait, which, at its narrowest point, is scarcely 16 miles wide. South Island is, again, separated by ..."

5. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1875)
"North island is separated from South island by Cook's strait, 18 m. tti'le in ... At the N. extremity of South island are many extensive sounds and harbors ..."

6. Australasia by Alfred Russel Wallace, Augustus Henry Keane (1888)
"South Island is, again, separated by Foveaux Strait from the smaller and uninhabited Stewart Island, and these three form what is usually known as New ..."

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