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From Latin Chersonēsus, from Ancient Greek χερσόνησος (khersónēsos)[1] (“peninsula”, originally specifically the Gallipoli peninsula), from χέρσος (khérsos, dry land) + νῆσος (nêsos, island).[2]



chersonese (plural chersoneses)

  1. (now chiefly poetic or rhetorical)[2] A peninsula.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Compendium of Ancient and Modern Geography: For the Use of Eton School‎ by Aaron Arrowsmith (1831; E. Williams), page 32
      A peninsula (χερσόνησος pæninsula, i. e. pæne insula) or chersonese, is a tract of land which is almost an island, being encompassed by water on all sides, expect where it is joined to the main by a narrow neck of land ; as the Thracian Chersonese, the Morea, and Spain. The narrow neck of land, which joins a peninsula to the main, is called an Isthmus (ἰσϑμὸς isthmus10) as the Isthmus of Corinth, the Isthmus of Suez, and the Isthmus of Darien.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 chersonese” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]