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Virgin Islands

noun
1.
a group of islands in the West Indies, E of Puerto Rico: comprises the Virgin Islands of the United States and the British Virgin Islands.
Abbreviation: V.I., VI.
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Virgin Islands

plural noun
1.
a group of about 100 small islands (14 inhabited) in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico: discovered by Columbus (1493); consists of the British Virgin Islands in the east and the Virgin Islands of the United States in the west and south. Pop: 136 649 (2013 est). Area: 497 sq km (192 sq miles)
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Virgin Islands in Culture

Virgin Islands definition


Islands in the Caribbean Sea, east of Puerto Rico, owned by the United States and Britain.

Note: Christopher Columbus discovered the Virgin Islands in 1493.
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Encyclopedia Article for Virgin Islands

group of about 90 small islands, islets, cays, and rocks in the West Indies, situated some 40 to 50 miles (64 to 80 kilometres) east of Puerto Rico. The islands extend from west to east for about 60 miles and are located west of the Anegada Passage, a major channel connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Their combined land area is about 195 square miles (505 square kilometres).

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