Barbados

[bahr-bey-dohz, -dohs, -duhs]
noun
an island in the E West Indies constituting an independent state in the Commonwealth of Nations: formerly a British colony. 166 sq. mi. (430 sq. km). Capital: Bridgetown.

Barbadian [bahr-bey-dee-uhn] , adjective, noun
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Barbados (bɑːˈbeɪdəʊs, -dəʊz, -dɒs)
 
n
an island in the Caribbean, in the E Lesser Antilles: a British colony from 1628 to 1966, now an independent state within the Commonwealth. Language: English. Currency: Barbados dollar. Capital: Bridgetown. Pop: 271 000 (2004 est). Area: 430 sq km (166 sq miles)

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Barbados
probably from Port. las barbados "the bearded," so called because vines or moss hung densely from the trees on the island.
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Barbados [(bahr-bay-dohs, bahr-bay-dohz)]

Island republic in the easternmost West Indies in the Atlantic Ocean about three hundred miles north of Venezuela.

Note: Barbados is a member of the British Commonwealth and a popular resort area.
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The act also declared that there are ten national heroes of barbados.
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