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  1. an island in SW Japan, S of Honshu: the smallest of the main islands of Japan. 7249 sq. mi. (18,775 sq. km).
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Historical Examples

  • The main island, Kyushu, and Shikoku are also well timbered.

    The Gist of Japan

    R. B. Peery

  • The island of Shikoku has no mountains of notable magnitude.

  • The highest is Ishizuchi-zan (7727 ft.), but Mountains of Shikoku.

  • He also subdued the independent provinces of the north and Shikoku.



  • Under cover of the darkness they fled, and crossing the sea, arrived safely in the island of Shikoku.

    Romances of Old Japan</p>

    Yei Theodora Ozaki

British Dictionary definitions for shikoku


  1. the smallest of the four main islands of Japan, separated from Honshu by the Inland Sea: forested and mountainous. Pop: 4 137 000 (2002 est). Area: 17 759 sq km (6857 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for shikoku


Japanese island, literally "four provinces," from shi "four" + koku "province."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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