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Faeroe Islands

or Far·oe Is·lands

plural noun
  1. a group of 21 islands in the N Atlantic between Great Britain and Iceland, belonging to Denmark but having extensive home rule. 540 sq. mi. (1400 sq. km). Capital: Torshavn.
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Also called Faer·oes, Faroes.Danish Faer·ö·er·ne [fer-œ-er-nuh] /fɛrˈœ ɛr nə/.
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Historical Examples of faeroes

  • Denmark retained possession of the Faeroes at the peace of Kiel in 1815.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1


  • The Grass has jumped two hundred miles, from the Faeroes to the Shetlands and we are menaced on three sides.

  • The Faeroes then already bore their name of Sheep Islands, as these animals had been found to flourish here exceedingly.

British Dictionary definitions for faeroes



pl n
  1. a group of 21 basalt islands in the North Atlantic between Iceland and the Shetland Islands: a self-governing community within the kingdom of Denmark; fishing. Capital: Thorshavn. Pop: 49 709 (2013 est). Area: 1400 sq km (540 sq miles)Also called: Faeroe Islands, Faroe Islands
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