Islands of the blessed
Island Is"land, n. [OE. iland, yland, AS. [=i]gland, ?gland, ?glond; [=i]g, ?g, island + land, lond, land. AS. [=i]g, ?g, is akin to AS. e['a] water, river, OHG. ?uwa, G. au meadow, Icel. ey island, Dan. & Sw. ["o], Goth. ahwa a stream, water, L. aqua water. The s is due to confusion with isle. Cf. {Ait}, {Eyot}, {Ewer}, {Aquatic}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf. {Continent}. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything regarded as resembling an island; as, an island of ice. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) See {Isle}, n., 2. [1913 Webster]

{Islands of the blessed} (Myth.), islands supposed to lie in the Western Ocean, where the favorites of the gods are conveyed at death, and dwell in everlasting joy. [1913 Webster]


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