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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • An atoll in the Ralik Chain of the Marshall Islands in the west-central Pacific Ocean. The area was the site of US nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958, including the first aerial detonation of a hydrogen bomb (May 21, 1956).

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  • proper noun Bikini atoll.

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  • noun an atoll in the Marshall Islands; formerly used by the United States as a site for testing nuclear weapons
  • noun a woman's very brief bathing suit

Etymologies

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From German Bikini, the colonial name of the atoll as part of German New Guinea, and this was derived from Marshallese Pikinni.

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