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Marshall Islands

plural noun
a group of 34 atolls in the W central Pacific: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; since 1986 a self-governing area associated with the U.S. 70 sq. mi. (181 sq. km).
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Marshallese [‐shuh-leez, ‐lees] /‐ʃəˈliz, ‐ˈlis/ (Show IPA), noun, plural Marshallese, adjective Unabridged
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  • The Marshall Islands have received no avian components from Melanesia.

  • Perhaps the birds never reached the Marshall Islands or they may have been present in former times and disappeared since then.

  • The record at Jaluit in the Marshall Islands may be questioned.

  • Still, on small islands, such as the Coral and Marshall Islands, the natives construct their huts from pandan wood.

    Philippine Mats Hugo H. Miller
  • In the event of that plea failing, what could Japan do, he asked, other than proceed to fortify the Marshall Islands?

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • Their next halting-place would be the Marshall Islands, but whether there are any ruins there we do not know.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • Already, as stated elsewhere, Japan has had in mind the fortification of the Marshall Islands.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
British Dictionary definitions for Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

plural noun
a republic, consisting of a group of 34 coral islands in the W central Pacific: formerly part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (1947–87); status of free association with the US from 1986; consists of two parallel chains, Ralik and Ratak. Official languages: Marshallese and English. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Delap-Uliga-Djarrit, on Majuro atoll. Pop: 69 747 (2013 est). Area: (land) 181 sq km (70 sq miles); (lagoon) 11 655 sq km (4500 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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