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 (kə-rĭs′məs) or Christ·mas Island (krĭs′məs)
The largest of the Line Islands in the central Pacific Ocean near the equator. Discovered by James Cook on Christmas Eve, 1777, the island is now part of Kiribati.


(Placename) an island in the central Pacific, in Kiribati: one of the Line Islands; the largest atoll in the world. Pop: 5115 (2005). Former name: Christmas Island


(kəˈrɪs məs)
one of the Line Islands belonging to Kiribati, in the central Pacific: largest atoll in the Pacific. 1737; ab. 220 sq. mi. (575 sq. km). Formerly, Christmas Island.
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Tenders are invited for Replacement of Security Fence at the IMS Radionuclide Station RN39, Christmas Island, Kiribati (RN39)-Re-Bid.
Harboring relaxation is the key -- as guests glide in the sun-glistened Pacific, call on the lovely islands, bask in the middle of nowhere on Christmas Island, Kiribati, snorkel in palm-lined lagoons, peruse black pearls in Tahiti, and behold sacred sites of ancient societies at Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands.
This sparsely inhabited island lies 150 miles from Christmas Island, Kiribati.

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