January 02, 2018
isthmus (noun)
\ISS-mus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas
How do you use it?
As we crossed the isthmus on our bicycles, we could see the ocean stretch for miles and miles on either side of us.
Are you a word wiz?

Like "isthmus," all of the words below are geography terms—except for one. Which one do you think is NOT a word related to geography?

Answer C, "nape" is the only word we listed that isn't related to geography. It means "the back of the neck." Let's look a little more closely at the others. "Atoll" means a coral island consisting of a coral reef surrounding a lagoon, and "inlet" refers to a small or narrow bay. The word "strait" has two meanings relating to geography. Most of the time, "strait" refers to the exact converse of "isthmus": a narrow channel connecting two large bodies of water. However, "strait" is also used a synonym for "isthmus."
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