Isle of Youth

Isle of Youth

an island belonging to Cuba, in the Caribbean Sea, off the SW coast of mainland Cuba. 1180 sq. mi. (3056 sq. km).
Formerly (until 1978) Isle of Pine.
Spanish Isla de la Juventud. Unabridged


[yooth] .
an island in the Caribbean, a special municipality in S Cuba. 1182 sq. mi. (3060 sq. km).
Spanish Isla de la Juventud.
Formerly Isle of Pines. Unabridged
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youth (juːθ)
n , pl youths
1.  the quality or condition of being young, immature, or inexperienced: his youth told against him in the contest
2.  the period between childhood and maturity, esp adolescence and early adulthood
3.  the freshness, vigour, or vitality characteristic of young people: youth shone out from her face
4.  any period of early development: the project was in its youth
5.  a young person, esp a young man or boy
6.  young people collectively: youth everywhere is rising in revolt
[Old English geogoth; related to Old Frisian jogethe, Old High German iugund, Gothic junda, Latin juventus]

Youth (juːθ)
Isle of Youth Former name: Isle of Pines, Spanish name: Isla de la Juventud an island in the NW Caribbean, south of Cuba: administratively part of Cuba from 1925. Chief town: Nueva Gerona. Pop: 80 600 (2002 est). Area: 3061 sq km (1182 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. geoguð "youth," related to geong "young," from W.Gmc. *jugunthiz, altered from P.Gmc. *juwunthiz (cf. O.S. juguth, O.Fris. jogethe, M.Du. joghet, Du. jeugd, O.H.G. jugund, Ger. Jugend, Goth. junda "youth;" see young) by influence of its contrast, *dugunthiz "ability"
(source of O.E. duguð). In M.E., the medial -g- became a yogh, which then disappeared. Youthful first attested 1561.
"They said that age was truth, and that the young
Marred with wild hopes the peace of slavery"
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isle of youth

island and municipio especial (special municipality) of Cuba, in the Caribbean Sea. It is bounded on the northwest by the Canal de los Indios and on the north and northeast by the Gulf of Batabano, which separate it from the mainland of Cuba. A 1904 treaty recognizing Cuba's sovereignty over the island was finally ratified by the United States in 1925. The island's present name was designated in 1978. With an area of 850 square miles (2,200 square km), it is the largest member of the Canarreos Archipelago. The northern part of the island is an undulating plain of pine forests and savannas, of sandy and rocky soils, with a few low mountains up to 944 feet (303 m) elevation. The main activities are fishing, truck farming, and citrus growing; grapefruit production predominates and is the basis for the economy of the island. The National Reformatory, a prison, is located a few miles from the island's capital and main town, Nueva Gerona. The section south of Lanier Swamp is small, rocky, and isolated, inhabited only by a few fishermen and charcoal makers. Kaolin and marble are extracted on the island. Pop. (2002) 86,557.

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