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A group of volcanic islands of the southwest Pacific Ocean in the Bismarck Archipelago. Inhabited for around 40,000 years, the islands are now part of Papua New Guinea.
(Placename) a group of about 40 volcanic and coral islands in the SW Pacific, part of Papua New Guinea, in the Bismarck Archipelago: main island: Manus. Pop (whole province): 43 589 (2000). Area: about 2000 sq km (800 sq miles). Also called: Admiralties
a group of islands in the SW Pacific, N of New Guinea. 30,160; ab. 800 sq. mi. (2070 sq. km).