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Lesser Antilles

noun
1.
See under Antilles.

Antilles

[an-til-eez] /ænˈtɪl iz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
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)
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Antillean
[an-til-ee-uh n, an-tl-ee-] /ænˈtɪl i ən, ˌæn tlˈi-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Lesser Antilles

Lesser Antilles

plural noun
1.
the Lesser Antilles, a group of islands in the Caribbean, including the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, Barbados, and the Netherlands Antilles Formerly called the Caribbees

Antilles

/ænˈtɪliːz/
plural noun
1.
the Antilles, a group of islands in the Caribbean See also Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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