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An island country in the central Pacific Ocean. Inhabited by Micronesian peoples, the islands were sighted by Spanish explorers in the early 1500s and were governed successively by Spain, Germany, and Japan before being captured in 1944 by the United States during World War II. In 1947 they became part of a US trust territory, during which time the United States carried out nuclear tests on Enewetak and Bikini atolls. The islands became self-governing in 1979 and attained independence in 1986. Majuro is the capital.
Mar′shal·lese′ (-shə-lēz′, -lēs′) adj. & n.
(Placename) a republic, consisting of a group of 34 coral islands in the W central Pacific: formerly part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (1947–87); status of free association with the US from 1986; consists of two parallel chains, Ralik and Ratak. Official languages: Marshallese and English. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Delap-Uliga-Djarrit, on Majuro atoll. Pop: 69 747 (2013 est). Area: (land) 181 sq km (70 sq miles); (lagoon) 11 655 sq km (4500 sq miles)
a group of 34 atolls in the W central Pacific: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; since 1986 a self-governing area associated with the U.S. 65,507; 70 sq. mi. (181 sq. km).
Mar`shall•ese′ (-ʃəˈliz, -ˈlis) n., pl. -ese, adj.
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|Noun||1.||Marshall Islands - a republic (under United States protection) on the Marshall Islands|
Marshall Islands - a group of coral islands in eastern Micronesia
|2.||Marshall Islands - a group of coral islands in eastern Micronesia|
Federated States of Micronesia, Micronesia, TT - a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
Marshall Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands - a republic (under United States protection) on the Marshall Islands
Bikini - an atoll in the Marshall Islands; formerly used by the United States as a site for testing nuclear weapons
Eniwetok - an atoll in the Marshall Islands; site of an amphibious assault in World War II; later used temporarily by the United States to test atomic bombs
Kwajalein - an atoll in the western Marshall Islands that was used as a Japanese air and naval base during World War II