A map of Greenland.
Greenland definition by Webster's New World
self-governing island northeast of North America; an integral part of Denmark: it is the world's largest island: 840,000 sq mi (2,175,592 sq km): ice-free land 131,931 sq mi (341,700 sq km); pop. 55,000; cap. Godthåb
Origin: origin, originally so called (ON Grönland, 986) to attract settlers
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- Greenlander noun
Greenland definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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An island of Denmark in the northern Atlantic Ocean off northeast Canada. It is the largest island in the world and lies mostly within the Arctic Circle. Inhabited by Inuit peoples as early as 3000 B.C., it was discovered by the Norwegian navigator Eric the Red in the tenth century A.D., became a Danish colony in 1815, and was granted home rule in 1979. Godthåb (Nuuk) is the capital. Population: 56,300.
- Green·landˈic adjective