Kuril Islands(redirected from Chishima Retto)
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Ku·ril Islandsalso Ku·rile Islands (ko͝or′ĭl, ko͞o-rēl′)
An island chain of extreme eastern Russia extending about 1,210 km (750 mi) in the Pacific Ocean between Kamchatka and eastern Hokkaido, Japan. The volcanic, largely uninhabited islands were held by Japan from 1875 to 1945.
Ku·ril′i·an adj. & n.
Kuril Islands(kʊˈriːl) or
(Placename) a chain of 56 volcanic islands off the NE coast of Asia, extending for 1200 km (750 miles) from the S tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula to NE Hokkaido. Area: 14 990 sq km (6020 sq miles). Japanese name: Chishima