from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- The northern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies, extending from the Virgin Islands southeast to Guadeloupe. Inhabited by Caribs when Columbus discovered them in 1493, the islands were hotly contested by the Spanish, French, and British in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- A chain of small islets of Hawaii in the central Pacific Ocean west-northwest of the main islands. The Leewards constitute a government bird sanctuary.
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- proper n. The northern of the Lesser Antilles, consisting of the islands or nations of the Virgin Islands, Antigua, Saint Martin, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Dominica
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- n. a group of islands in the eastern West Indies
The islands arepart of the island group referred to as the Leeward Islands which are part of the Lesser Antillies and the region known as the Caribbean or the West Indies.
Large western portions of each of the US Virgin Islands are encompassed by a forest ecoregion known as the Leeward Islands moist forests ecoregion.
Small southern portions of Antigua have a forest ecoregion known as the Leeward Islands moist forests ecoregion.
The Leeward Islands are a part of the group of islands which form the West
Nevis is part of the West Indies chain known as the Leeward Islands, located about 350 miles southeast of Puerto Rico.
The Leeward Islands are the northern islands of the
E. Valentine Banks from Anguilla and the Leeward Islands is the incumbent vice president Singh's running mate.
Also, the storm could produce large swells affecting the west - and south-facing coasts of the Lesser Antilles, of which the Leeward Islands are a part.
Late Thursday afternoon, Ophelia was about 890 miles east southeast of the Leeward Islands and "likely to weaken soon," according to an online bulletin from the hurricane center.
In the winter, the two yachts sail in the British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Windward and Leeward Islands and then head for the Mediterranean and a season in the Aegean and Adriatic Sea.