Marianas

Mariana Islands

[mair-ee-an-uh, mar-, mair-, mar-; Spanish mah-ree-ah-nah]
noun
a group of 15 small islands in the Pacific, E of the Philippines: divided into Guam, a possession of the U.S., and the North Marianas, formally under U.S. trusteeship. 453 sq. mi. (1127 sq. km).
Also called Marianas.
Formerly Ladrone Islands, Ladrones.
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Mariana Islands (ˌmærɪˈɑːnə)
 
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Former name (1521--1668): Ladrone Islands a chain of volcanic and coral islands in the W Pacific, east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea: divided politically into Guam (a US unincorporated territory) and the islands north of Guam constituting the Northern Mariana Islands (a US commonwealth territory). Area: 1018 sq km (393 sq miles)

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