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proper noun Australia felix
  1. Latin, Felix
    1. An early proposed name for parts of Victoria (Australia) explored by w:Thomas Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell (1792-1855), Latin for "Fortunate Australia" or "Happy Australia". http://www.whitehat.com.au/Australia/History/PlaceNames.asp
    1839: I named this region Australia Felix, the better to distinguish it from the parched deserts of the interior country where we had wandered so unprofitably and so long. — w:Thomas Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell, Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, volume 2 http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/13033

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