hispaniola


noun

  1. an island in the West Indies, comprising the republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 29,843 sq. mi. (77,293 sq. km).

noun

  1. the second largest island in the Caribbean, in the Greater Antilles: divided politically into Haiti and the Dominican Republic; discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, who named it La Isla Española. Area: 18 703 sq km (29 418 sq miles)Former name: Santo Domingo

West Indian island, from Spanish la isla española “the Spanish island” (not “little Spain”); name said to have been given by Columbus in 1492.

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