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Kuril Islands

[ koor-il ahy-luhnz, koo-reel ]
/ ˈkʊər ɪl ˈaɪ lənz, kʊˈril /
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plural noun
a chain of more than 55 small volcanic islands off the northeast coast of Asia, extending from northern Japan to the southern tip of Kamchatka: under Russian administration since Soviet invasion 1945, but subject to dispute, as with Japan’s ongoing claim to the four southernmost islands.
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Formerly Ku·rile Is·lands . Japanese Chi·shi·ma ret·tō [chi-shee-muh-ret-oh], /tʃɪˈʃi mə ˈrɛt oʊ/, Ku·ri·ru ret·tō [koo-ree-roo ret-oh] /kuˈri ru ˈrɛt oʊ/ .

Origin of Kuril Islands

First recorded in 1895–1900; from Russian Kuríl'skiye Ostrová, from Ainu kur “man”

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British Dictionary definitions for Kuril Islands

Kuril Islands

Kurile Islands

/ (kʊˈriːl) /

pl n
a chain of 56 volcanic islands off the NE coast of Asia, extending for 1200 km (750 miles) from the S tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula to NE Hokkaido. Area: 14 990 sq km (6020 sq miles)Japanese name: Chishima
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