from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A volcanic island of Papua New Guinea in the Solomon Islands of the southwest Pacific Ocean. It was discovered by Louis de Bougainville in 1768.
- Bougainville, Louis Antoine de 1729-1811. French explorer who circumnavigated the globe (1766-1769) with a crew that included astronomers and naturalists.
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- n. French explorer who circumnavigated the globe accompanied by scientists (1729-1811)
- n. the largest of the Solomon Islands; a province of Papua New Guinea
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