Indo-Australian Archipelago: Archipel Indo-Australien is the combined region formed by the Malay Peninsula, northern Australia, and the numerous islands of Indonesia, the Philippines, and Melanesia.
Aurora Australis, aurora australis, southern lights (s) (noun) (no pl)
Dawn of the southern wind; the southern lights: On television, Jackie enjoyed watching the aurora australis
, or the luminous phenomena in the sky, which takes place around the South Pole.
The aurora australis is a pattern of differently colored lights that are sometimes seen in the night sky in the most southern parts of the world or the Southern Hemisphere.
Aurora, aurora (s) (noun)
, auroras (pl)
1. An atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force: An aurora
is the most intense of the several luminous atmospheric lights appearing sometimes at night as streamers or bands of light occurring in the upper atmosphere over the middle and high latitudes and seen most often in the Artic and Antarctic regions.
An aurora is thought to be caused by charged particles from the sun entering the earth's magnetic field and stimulating molecules in the atmosphere.
3. When capitalized, the goddess of the dawn, or the first light of day: In Roman mythology, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn, however in Greek her name was Eos.
1. The god of the south wind: In her Roman mythology book, Rose read about Auster who was the god of the wind coming from the south.
2. The south or southwest wind (not a proper noun): The auster is a warm southernly wind coming from the Bulgarian coast and is thought to indicate that bad weather is on its way.
A Polynesian language: Since Max was intrigued by different languages, he decided to learn Austral which was spoken on the Island of Austral of French Polynesia.
, Australs (pl)
The former basic unit of money in Argentina: An Austral was equal to 100 centavos and was later replaced by the peso.
, more austral, most austral
1. Relating to, belonging to, or coming from the south: When visiting Australia, Mark noticed a definite austral accent in comparison to his own from Canada.
2. A reference to, or coming from the south: The austral winds were pushing the boat northward.
3. Of the south or coming from the south: Valerie's ancestors sailed the austral seas.
4. Etymology: from Latin australis, from auster the south wind.
The geographical region of Oceania consisting of Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring islands in the South Pacific: After reading about Australasia, Bob and Peter wanted to go on a cruise and visit the different islands.
Relating to or found in Australasia: Bruce read about the Australasian people, their customs, and their languages.
1. A nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent and the island of Tasmania: Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated to Australia from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago, while the first Europeans were British convicts who were sent there when it was used as a penal colony.
2. The world's smallest continent: Australia is located between the South Pacific and the Indian Oceans.
In zoogeography, belonging to a geographical division comprising Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Celebes, the Moluccas, Papua New Guinea, and adjacent smaller islands: Since Jack was very interested in Australia, he definitely wanted to go to the Australian region with all the interesting and exciting islands.
Australian (s) (noun)
, Australians (pl)
1. The linguistic phylum including the languages spoken by Australian aborigines: Jack learned that the classification of Australian comprised of more than 100 different kinds of languages spoken by the native Australians.
2. A native or inhabitant of Australia: At Jane's school there was an Australian who spent one year there as an exchange student.
Australic, australic (adjective) (not comparable)
1. When capitalized, a reference to Australia: In school, Clive's teacher informed the students about the Australic history of the aboriginal Australians.
2. In lower case, a reference to "south" or "southern": Ruth wondered what the australic weather would be like when they traveled to see their relatives in New Zealand.
A reference to "Aurora Australis": The Australis lights, also known as the Southern Lights, presented magical effects and moments in the night when Rose and Raymond looked up into the sky.
, australizes; australized; australizing
To incline toward the south pole: A magnet, for example, australizes away from the North Pole.
Magnets do not septentrionate towards the north, but they do australize to the south!
Cross references of word groups that are related, directly or indirectly, to: "air, wind":