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Gondwana

Syllabification: Gond·wa·na
Pronunciation: /ɡänˈdwänə
 
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(also Gondwanaland)

Definition of Gondwana in English:

A vast continental area believed to have existed in the southern hemisphere and to have resulted from the breakup of Pangaea in Mesozoic times. It comprised the present Arabia, Africa, South America, Antarctica, Australia, and the peninsula of India.

Origin

late 19th century (originally denoting any of a series of rocks in India, especially fluviatile shales and sandstones): from the name of a region in central northern India, from Sanskrit goṇḍavana 'forest of Gond'.

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