Definition of “Asia” - English Dictionary

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“Asia” in British English

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Asianoun

uk /ˈeɪ.ʒə/ us /ˈeɪ.ʒə/

Examples from literature

  • As well as Ötzi, 2,000-year-old mummies with tattoos have been found in both Egypt and parts of Asia. 
  • Asia is the largest continent. 
  • Australian Aborigines crossed the sea from Asia as early as 50,000 years ago. 
  • Because of these inventions, people in a city like London can have tropical fruits from Asia, coffee from Central America, and fresh fish from Scotland every day, any time of year. 
  • Here’s the slow loris from the jungles of Southeast Asia. 
  • In fact, his people probably came from southern Asia. 
  • In some parts of Asia and Africa, milk is not a popular drink. 
  • Many people in Japan and other parts of Asia drink three to five cups of green tea a day. 
  • Many tropical fruits come from South America and Southeast Asia. 
  • Mummies have been found in other places around the world; in the Americas as well as Europe and Asia. 
  • Scientists believe that people first started leaving Africa about 100,000 years ago, moving into parts of Europe and Asia, Australia, and the Americas. 
  • Seedlings were grown, and then rubber plantations were set up in Africa and Asia. 
  • Some scientists believe rafts were used to sail from Asia to Australia as early as 70,000 years ago. 
  • The wheel was soon used by different groups of people across Europe and Asia. 
  • This change brings a lot of rain to India and other countries in Asia in a very short time. 
  • Today, they live all around the world: in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Australia. 
  • Turtles are often found in the traditional stories and songs of native people across North America, Asia, Africa, and South America. 

(Definition of “Asia” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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