floating island

floating island
noun Date: 1771 a dessert consisting of custard with floating masses of beaten egg whites

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  • Floating island — Floating Float ing, a. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. [1913 Webster] 2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • floating island — n. ☆ 1. a floating mass of vegetation resembling an island 2. a dessert of boiled custard topped with a dab or dabs of meringue or whipped cream …   English World dictionary

  • Floating island — A floating island is a mass of floating aquatic plants, mud, and peat ranging in thickness from a few inches to several feet. Floating islands are a common natural phenomenon that are found in many parts of the world. They exist less commonly as… …   Wikipedia

  • floating island — /floʊtɪŋ ˈaɪlənd/ (say flohting uyluhnd) noun 1. a floating island like mass of earth and partly decayed vegetation held together by interlacing roots, sometimes built artificially on wooden platforms as in Asia, or resulting naturally from the… …  

  • Floating island (dessert) — Floating island Floating island French …   Wikipedia

  • Floating island (fiction) — A floating island in fiction (sometimes called a flying island), is a fictitious landmass that either floats in a body of water (like Vadanis in The Guardian Cycle of novels) or flies above the surface of the earth (or in some cases through the… …   Wikipedia

  • floating island — dessert made of custard with floating quantities of beaten egg whites; floating piece of land similar to an island …   English contemporary dictionary

  • floating island — noun 1. a. : floating garden b. : a floating mass of vegetation with little or no soil (as in a lake or quiet tropical sea) usually due to detachment of matted vegetation from a marshy shore 2. : a dessert consisting of custard with floating… …   Useful english dictionary

  • floating island — noun A French cold dessert consisting of an island of meringue, made of egg whites and sugar, floating in a sea of custard …   Wiktionary

  • floating island — 1. a dessert consisting of boiled custard with portions of meringue, whipped cream, or whipped egg whites and sometimes jelly floating upon it or around it. 2. a floating mass of earth and partly decayed vegetation held together by interlacing… …   Universalium

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