Definition of polder in English:

polder

Line breaks: pol¦der
Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊldə
 
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noun

  • A piece of low-lying land reclaimed from the sea or a river and protected by dykes, especially in the Netherlands.
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    • Much of the western part of the country is polders (low-lying lands) that have been reclaimed from the sea by dikes and dunes.
    • This was the result of the gradual accumulation of silt in the river bed, brought down from overcultivated, erosion-prone slopes up-river, and of the excessive building of dikes in the lake areas to protect newly reclaimed polders.
    • There are 3500 polders (areas of reclaimed land) in the Netherlands, so the Dutch clearly enjoyed playing God.

Origin

early 17th century: from Dutch, from Middle Dutch polre.

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