Word of the Day – Polder

By November 19, 2019Word of the Day

Polder (noun)

powl-der

A piece of low-lying land reclaimed from the sea or a river and protected by dykes, especially in the Netherlands.

Early 17th century from Dutch, from Middle Dutch polre.

Example sentences

“Sadly as the dyke fails it seems that the sea will reclaim the polder.”

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