Etymology
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New Zealand

from Dutch Nieuw Zeeland, literally "new sea land," but chiefly a reference to the Dutch province of Zeeland. Discovered 1647 by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and originally named Staaten Landt; the name was changed the following year by Dutch authorities.

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Definitions of New Zealand

New Zealand (n.)
an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery;
New Zealand (n.)
North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific;
Synonyms: New Zealand Islands
From wordnet.princeton.edu