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the netherlands

 
Noun the netherlands has 1 sense
  1. Netherlands, The Netherlands, Kingdom of The Netherlands, Holland - a constitutional monarchy in western Europe on the North Sea; achieved independence from Spain in 1579; half the country lies below sea level
    --1 is a kind of European country, European nation
    --1 is a part of Europe
    --1 is a member of
     Benelux; European Union, EU, European Community, EC, European Economic Community, EEC, Common Market, Europe; North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO
    --1 has parts:
     Amsterdam, Dutch capital, capital of The Netherlands; Apeldoorn; Arnhem; The Hague, 's Gravenhage, Den Haag; Eindhoven; Nijmegen; Rotterdam; Leiden, Leyden; Utrecht; Friesland; Frisian Islands; Hook of Holland, Hoek van Holland; IJssel, IJssel river; IJsselmeer; Meuse, Meuse River; Rhine, Rhine River, Rhein
    --1 has members: Netherlander, Dutchman, Hollander
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