an Australian group of 27 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, SW of Java. 5.5 sq. mi. (14 sq. km).
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Also called Keeling Islands [kee-ling] /ˈki lɪŋ/.
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a group of 27 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Java: a Territory of Australia since 1955. Pop: 596 (2010). Area: 13 sq km (5 sq miles)Also called: Keeling Islands
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