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[gwahm] /gwɑm/
an island, belonging to the U.S., in the N Pacific, E of the Philippines: the largest of the Marianas group; U.S. naval station. 206 sq. mi. (535 sq. km).
Capital: Agaña.
Abbreviation: GU (for use with zip code).
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[gwah-mey-nee-uh n] /gwɑˈmeɪ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective Unabridged
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an island in the N Pacific, the largest and southernmost of the Marianas: belonged to Spain from the 17th century until 1898, when it was ceded to the US; site of naval and air force bases. Capital: Agana (now officially spelt Hagåtña). Pop: 160 378 (2013 est). Area: 541 sq km (209 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Guam

from Chamorro Guahan, said to mean literally "what we have."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Guam [(gwahm)]

A self-governing island territory of the United States, located in the western Pacific Ocean. With important naval and air bases, Guam is an American military bastion in the Pacific.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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