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Visayan Islands

plural noun
  1. a group of islands in the central Philippines, including Panay, Negros, Cebú, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Masbate, and smaller islands.
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Spanish Bi·sa·yas [bee-sah-yahs] /biˈsɑ yɑs/.
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Examples from the Web for bisayas

Historical Examples

  • During 1776 and 1777 he and other Sulus harassed the Bisayas and ravaged the coast of Cebu.

    The History of Sulu

    Najeeb M. Saleeby

  • Large quantities of rice are exported to Manila, to Albay, and to Bisayas.

  • Spanish sovereignty was again confined to Luzon and the Bisayas.

  • He went to that of the Bisayas, which even yet bewails the cost to them of that visit.

  • The manufacture of cigars is allowed throughout the Bisayas, but not for sale at Manila or elsewhere.

British Dictionary definitions for bisayas


pl n
  1. the Spanish name for the Visayan Islands
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Visayan Islands

pl n
  1. a group of seven large and several hundred small islands in the central Philippines. Chief islands: Negros and Panay. Pop: 15 528 346 (2000). Area: about 61 000 sq km (23 535 sq miles)Spanish name: Bisayas
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