a self-governing British colony also claimed by Argentina: site of a war between the two nations in 1982. 4618 sq. mi. (11,961 sq. km).
Also called Falk·lands.Spanish Is·las Mal·vi·nas [eez-lahz mahl-vee-nahs] /ˈiz lɑz mɑlˈvi nɑs/.
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a group of over 100 islands in the S Atlantic: a UK Overseas Territory; invaded by Argentina, who had long laid claim to the islands, on 2 April 1982; recaptured by a British expeditionary force on 14 June 1982. Chief town: Stanley. Pop: 3140 (2008 est). Area: about 12 200 sq km (4700 sq miles)Spanish name: Islas Malvinas
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The islands, under British rule, were seized by Argentina in 1982, but were retaken by Britain.
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