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

  • An archipelago comprising about 70 islands in the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea off the northeast coast of Scotland. Originally settled by Picts, the islands were a Norse dependency after 875 and became part of Scotland in 1472.

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  • proper n. A group of islands off north-east Scotland.
  • proper n. The region of Scotland comprising these islands.

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

  • n. an archipelago of about 70 islands in the North Atlantic and North Sea off the northeastern coast of Scotland


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