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

  • An island of the east-central Philippines in the Visayan group north of Mindanao. It was sighted in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The name of an island in the Pacific Ocean and of a battle in World War II, at which the American forces experienced the first use of Kamikaze aircraft by the Japanese. The return of U. S. troops to the Philippines after their expulsion by the Japanese began with landings on Leyte Island in October 1944.

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

  • n. a battle in World War II; the return of United States troops to the Philippines began with landings on Leyte Island in October 1944; the battle marked first use of kamikaze aircraft by the Japanese

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