Schouten Islands

[ skout-n ]
/ ˈskaʊt n /
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noun (used with a plural verb)
a group of islands belonging to Papua New Guinea, in the Pacific Oceans, off the N coast of New Guinea.
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British Dictionary definitions for Schouten Islands

Schouten Islands
/ (ˈʃaʊtən) /

pl n
a group of islands in the Pacific, off the N coast of Papua New Guinea. Area: 3185 sq km (1230 sq miles)
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