a group of islands in the N Pacific; 2090 miles (3370 km) SW of San Francisco: includes the eight islands comprising the state of Hawaii and volcanic, rock, and coral islets.
Formerly Sandwich Islands.
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British Dictionary definitions for sandwich islands
the former name of Hawaii
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