Etymology
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subcontinent (n.)

also sub-continent, 1845, from sub- + continent (n.). Related: Subcontinental.

updated on December 19, 2013

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Definitions of subcontinent from WordNet

subcontinent (n.)
a large and distinctive landmass (as India or Greenland) that is a distinct part of some continent;
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