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Inner Hebrides

noun
1.
See under Hebrides.

Hebrides

[heb-ri-deez] /ˈhɛb rɪˌdiz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
a group of islands (Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides) off the W coast of and belonging to Scotland. About 2900 sq. mi. (7500 sq. km).
Also called Western Islands.
Related forms
Hebridean, Hebridian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Inner Hebrides

Inner Hebrides

plural noun
1.
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Hebrides

/ˈhɛbrɪˌdiːz/
plural noun
1.
the Hebrides, a group of over 500 islands off the W coast of Scotland: separated by the North Minch, Little Minch, and the Sea of the Hebrides: the chief islands are Skye, Raasay, Rum, Eigg, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Jura, Colonsay, and Islay (Inner Hebrides), and Lewis with Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, and Barra (Outer Hebrides) Also known as the Western Isles
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Word Origin and History for Inner Hebrides

Hebrides

originally Ebudae, Haebudes, of uncertain origin. Apparently a scribal error turned -u- into -ri-. The Norse name, Suðregar, "Southern Islands," is relative to the Orkneys. Related: Hebridean.

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Encyclopedia Article for Inner Hebrides

islands off the Atlantic (western) coast of Scotland. As their name suggests, the Inner Hebrides lie close to the west coast of Scotland. They stretch 150 miles (240 km) from Skye in the north to Islay in the south and are separated from the Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) by the Little Minch and the Sea of the Hebrides. The largest islands of the Inner Hebrides are Skye, Mull, Jura, and Islay. The Small Islands, Skye, and the surrounding islands (including Soay, Scalpay, Raasay, and Rona) are part of the Highland council area and belong to the historic county of Inverness-shire. The remainder of the Inner Hebrides lie within the council area of Argyll and Bute and the historic county of Argyllshire.

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