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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island group of western and northwest Scotland in the Atlantic Ocean, divided into the Inner Hebrides, closer to the Scottish mainland, and the Outer Hebrides, to the northwest. The original Celtic inhabitants were conquered by Scandinavians, particularly Norwegians, who ruled the islands until 1266. Native Scottish chieftains controlled the Hebrides until the 16th century, when the islands passed to the kingdom of Scotland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Collective name for the islands off the west coast of Scotland, divided into the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Hebridæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of more than 500 islands off the western coast of Scotland

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