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

  • An island group of the central Ryukyu Islands in the western Pacific Ocean southwest of Japan. In World War II Okinawa, the largest island in the group, was the scene of fierce combat between the Japanese and US Army and Marine forces (April 1–June 21, 1945). The islands were returned to the Japanese in 1972.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun the largest island of the central Ryukyu Islands.
  • proper noun A campaign in the closing days of World War II in the Pacific (April-June 1945); in savage close-quarter fighting US marines and regular army troops took the island from the Japanese; considered the greatest victory of the Pacific campaign for the Americans.

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  • proper noun A prefecture of Japan
  • proper noun A city in the Okinawa prefecture

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

  • noun a campaign in the closing days of World War II in the Pacific (April to June 1945); in savage close-quarter fighting United States marines and regular army troops took the island from the Japanese; considered the greatest victory of the Pacific campaign for the Americans
  • noun the largest island of the central Ryukyu Islands

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