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Noun: Australia  o'streyl-yu [N. Amer], ó'strey-lee-u [Brit]
  1. A nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
    - Commonwealth of Australia, Oz
     
  2. The smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean
    - Oz

Derived forms: Australias

Type of: continent, country, land, state

Part of: British Commonwealth, Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Nations, eastern hemisphere, orient, southern hemisphere

Encyclopedia: Australia, prehistory