Marquesas Islands

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Mar·que·sas Islands

 (mär-kā′zəz, -səz, -səs)
A volcanic archipelago in the southern Pacific Ocean, part of French Polynesia. Portions of the Marquesas were claimed for Spain in 1595 and for the United States in 1791, but France took definitive possession of the archipelago in 1842.

Marquesas Islands

(mɑːˈkeɪsæs)
pl n
(Placename) a group of volcanic islands in the S Pacific, in French Polynesia. Pop: 8712 (2002). Area: 1287 sq km (497 sq miles). French name: Îles Marquises

Mar•que′sas Is′lands

(mɑrˈkeɪ zəz, -səz, -səs)
n.pl.
a group of French islands in the S Pacific. 6000; 480 sq. mi. (1245 sq. km).
Mar•que′san, n., adj.
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Noun1.Marquesas Islands - a group of volcanic islands in the south central PacificMarquesas Islands - a group of volcanic islands in the south central Pacific; part of French Polynesia
French Oceania, French Polynesia - a French overseas possession in the South Pacific