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Line Islands

[lahyn] /laɪn/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
a group of islands in the central Pacific Ocean, S of the Hawaiian Islands: eight belong to the Republic of Kiribati, three are U.S. dependencies. 193 sq. mi. (500 sq. km).
Also called Equatorial Islands.
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Examples from the Web for Line Islands
Historical Examples
  • We went up and down the Line Islands, first, until Dad was heartsick.

    Adventure Jack London
  • That personage had just left Samoa, and was now cruising in the Line Islands, where he had a number of traders.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
  • They knew by experience the sure and deadly effect of the poison manufactured among the Line Islands.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
British Dictionary definitions for Line Islands

Line Islands

plural noun
1.
a group of coral islands in the central Pacific, including Tabuaeran, Teraina, and Kiritimati: part of Kiribati, with Palmyra and Jarvis administered by the US
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