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

  • The largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It was held by Spain, Germany, and Japan before being captured by U.S. troops in July 1944 during World War II. It was part of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947 to 1978 and now serves as the capital of the Northern Marianas.

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  • n. US forces captured the island from the Japanese in July 1944; it was an important air base until the end of World War II
  • n. the largest island in the Northern Marianas and the administrative center of the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in union with the United States


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