Lesser Antilles

Lesser Antilles

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noun (used with a plural verb)
a chain of islands in the West Indies, divided into two parts, the one including Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico (Greater Antilles) the other including a large arch of smaller islands to the SE and S (Lesser Antilles or Caribees)

Antillean [an-til-ee-uhn, an-tl-ee-] , adjective
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Antilles (ænˈtɪliːz)
pl n
the Antilles Greater Antilles See also Lesser Antilles a group of islands in the Caribbean

Lesser Antilles
pl n
the Lesser Antilles Formerly called: the Caribbees a group of islands in the Caribbean, including the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, Barbados, and the Netherlands Antilles

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lesser antilles

long arc of small islands in the Caribbean Sea extending in a north-south direction from the Virgin Islands to Trinidad and then in an east-west direction from Margarita to Aruba off the northern coast of Venezuela.

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