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[buh-see-lahn] /bəˈsi lɑn/
an island in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao. 495 sq. mi. (1282 sq. km).
Formerly Isabela. a city on this island. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Basilan dropped astern as they negotiated the countless islands of the Pilas Group.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • His cousin, Adasaolan, who had accompanied him, had taken up his abode in Basilan.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • Another name for the Moros who inhabit the islands lying between Basilan and Sulu.

  • The island of Basilan forms a sixth district under the commandant-general of Mindanao.

  • It is a nation common to these islands of Mindanao, Jolo, and Basilan.

  • He came to Pangutaran first, the narrative continues, then to Zamboanga and Basilan.

    The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby
  • His power was further well respected throughout all the Basilan Group of islands.

    The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby
  • There is nothing to differentiate the island of Basilan from the many others in the Sulu group.

  • The year 1861 marks a new era in the history of piracy and a new step in the organization of government for Mindanao and Basilan.

    The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby
  • When I am small boy—twelve years old—my family live east coast Basilan.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
British Dictionary definitions for Basilan


/bəˈsiːlɑːn; bæˈsiːlæn/
a group of islands in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao
the main island of this group, separated from Mindanao by the Basilan Strait. Area: 1282 sq km (495 sq miles)
a city on Basilan Island. Pop: 381 000 (2005 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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