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Bermuda
Atlantic island, named for Sp. explorer Juan de Bermudez (d.1570), who discovered it c.1515. Bermuda shorts first attested 1953 (in "The Long Goodbye" by Raymond Chandler), from the type of garb worn by U.S. tourists there. Bermuda triangle is attested from 1964.
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Bermuda definition


Colony of Britain, made up of some three hundred coral islets and islands in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Cape Hatteras.

Note: Bermuda is a popular resort.
Note: A group of colonists on their way to Virginia in 1609 were shipwrecked in Bermuda; William Shakespeare based his play The Tempest on this incident.
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