Dry Tortugas

[ tawr-too-guhz ]
/ tɔrˈtu gəz /
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plural noun
a group of ten small islands at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico W of Key West: a part of Florida; the site of Fort Jefferson.
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Dry Tortugas
/ (tɔːˈtuːɡəz) /

a group of eight coral islands at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico: part of Florida
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