Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima

[ee-wuh jee-muh, ee-woh; Japanese ee-waw jee-mah]
noun
one of the Volcano Islands, in the N Pacific, S of Japan: under U.S. administration after 1945; returned to Japan 1968.
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Iwo Jima (ˈdʒiːmə)
 
n
Official Japanese name: Iō-tō an island in the W Pacific, about 1100 km (700 miles) south of Japan: one of the Volcano Islands; scene of prolonged fighting between US and Japanese forces until taken by the US in 1945; returned to Japan in 1968. Area: 20 sq km (8 sq miles)

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Iwo Jima [(ee-woh, ee-wuh jee-muh)]

An island in the Pacific Ocean, taken from the Japanese by United States Marines near the end of World War II after a furious battle.

Note: The battle has been immortalized by a famous photograph and a sculpture based on the photograph of half a dozen Marines raising the flag of the United States on a summit on Iwo Jima.
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