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  1. an island in SW Japan, S of Honshu: the smallest of the main islands of Japan. 7249 sq. mi. (18,775 sq. km).
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Historical Examples

  • The main island, Kyushu, and Shikoku are also well timbered.

    The Gist of Japan

    R. B. Peery

  • The highest is Ishizuchi-zan (7727 ft.), but Mountains of Shikoku.

  • The island of Shikoku has no mountains of notable magnitude.

  • He also subdued the independent provinces of the north and Shikoku.



  • Under cover of the darkness they fled, and crossing the sea, arrived safely in the island of Shikoku.

    Romances of Old Japan

    Yei Theodora Ozaki

British Dictionary definitions for shikoku


  1. the smallest of the four main islands of Japan, separated from Honshu by the Inland Sea: forested and mountainous. Pop: 4 137 000 (2002 est). Area: 17 759 sq km (6857 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for shikoku


Japanese island, literally "four provinces," from shi "four" + koku "province."

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