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  1. one of the Cook Islands, in the S Pacific, 26 sq. mi. (67 sq. km).
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Related formsRa·ro·tong·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for rarotonga

Historical Examples

  • Cook had probably brought it from Rarotonga, or from Tahiti.

    Savage Island

    Basil C. Thomson

  • The little Kingdom of Rarotonga is one of the last to remain independent.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • Of these the larger, Rarotonga, has a circumference of about thirty miles.

  • They knew that far off to the southwest lay the islands of Samoa, and Rarotonga.

  • Rarotonga was, in fact, discovered by the ship Seringapatam in 1814, though Williams may have been the first to land.

British Dictionary definitions for rarotonga


  1. an island in the S Pacific, in the SW Cook Islands: the chief island of the group. Chief settlement: Avarua. Pop: 12 188 (2001). Area: 67 sq km (26 sq miles)
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