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or ladron

[luh-drohn] /ləˈdroʊn/
noun, Southwestern U.S.
a thief.
Origin of ladrone
1550-60; < Spanish ladrón < Latin latrōn- (stem of latrō) mercenary, bandit

Mariana Islands

[mair-ee-an-uh, mar-, mair-, mar-; Spanish mah-ree-ah-nah] /ˈmɛər iˈæn ə, ˈmær-, ˌmɛər-, ˌmær-; Spanish ˌmɑ riˈɑ nɑ/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
a group of 15 small islands in the Pacific, E of the Philippines: divided into Guam, a possession of the U.S., and the North Marianas, formally under U.S. trusteeship. 453 sq. mi. (1127 sq. km).
Also called Marianas.
Formerly Ladrone Islands
[luh-drohn] /ləˈdroʊn/ (Show IPA),
[luh-drohnz; Spanish lah-th raw-nes] /ləˈdroʊnz; Spanish lɑˈðrɔ nɛs/ (Show IPA)
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  • He called the group of small islands, of which Guam is one, the ladrones.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • "I should like to see the Marianas—or the ladrones, as we traders call them," I said.

  • Terry understood: fear of the ladrones had paralyzed the natives.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • After this the ladrones returned, and plundered the town, every boat leaving it when laden.

  • The ladrones were paid by their chief ten dollars for every Chinaman's head they produced.

  • The ladrones would not remain 'till morning, so we were obliged to return with them to the fleet.

  • The ladrones have no settled residence on shore, but live constantly in their vessels.

  • Without the slightest change of expression, the captain repeated: "The ladrones."

  • They were still in some doubt whether they should go on to the ladrones or steer for Japan.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • Your Excellency cannot be ignorant that the ladrones infest the savannahs.

    The Buccaneer Chief

    Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for ladrones

Mariana Islands

plural noun
a chain of volcanic and coral islands in the W Pacific, east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea: divided politically into Guam (a US unincorporated territory) and the islands north of Guam constituting the Northern Mariana Islands (a US commonwealth territory). Area: 1018 sq km (393 sq miles) Former name (1521–1668) Ladrone Islands
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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