Definition of Gondwana noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡɒnˈdwɑːnə//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡɑːnˈdwɑːnə//
(also Gondwanaland
BrE BrE//ɡɒnˈdwɑːnəlænd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡɑːnˈdwɑːnəlænd//
[singular] (geology)
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a very large area of land that existed in the southern hemisphere millions of years ago. It was made up of the present Arabia, S America, Antarctica, Australia and India. Word Originlate 19th cent. (originally denoting any of a series of rocks in India): from the name of a region in central northern India, from Sanskrit goṇḍavana ‘forest of Gond’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Gondwana