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Bahamas

[buh-hah-muh z, -hey-] /bəˈhɑ məz, -ˈheɪ-/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
a group of islands in the W Atlantic Ocean, SE of Florida.
2.
an independent country comprising this group: formerly a British colony; gained independence 1973. 4404 sq. mi. (11,406 sq. km).
Capital: Nassau.
Also called Bahama Islands.
Related forms
Bahamian
[buh-hey-mee-uh n, -hah-] /bəˈheɪ mi ən, -ˈhɑ-/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bahama islands

Bahamas

/bəˈhɑːməz/
plural noun
1.
the Bahamas, a group of over 700 coral islands (about 20 of which are inhabited) in the Caribbean: a British colony from 1783 until 1964; an independent nation within the Commonwealth from 1973. Language: English. Currency: Bahamian dollar. Capital: Nassau. Pop: 319 031 (2013 est). Area: 13 939 sq km (5381 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for bahama islands

Bahamas

islands discovered by Columbus in 1492, settled by English in 1648, long after the native population had been wiped out by disease or carried off into slavery; the name is said to be from Spanish baja mar "low sea," in reference to the shallow water here, but more likely represents a local name, Guanahani, whose origin had been lost and whose meaning has been forgotten.

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Bahamas [(buh-hah-muhz)]

Republic in the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of 700 islands and islets and 2,400 smaller islands, called cays.

Note: The Bahamas were under the control of Britain until 1973, when they became an independent, self-governing state.
Note: The Bahamas are a popular winter resort.
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