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Ionian Islands

A chain of islands of western Greece in the Ionian Sea. Colonized by the ancient Greeks, the islands subsequently came under the rule of Rome, Byzantium, Venice, France, Russia, and Great Britain before being ceded to Greece in 1864.

Ionian Islands

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(Placename) a group of Greek islands in the Ionian Sea, consisting of Corfu, Cephalonia, Zante, Levkas, Ithaca, Cythera, and Paxos: ceded to Greece in 1864. Pop: 212 984 (2001). Area: 2307 sq km (891 sq miles)

Io′nian Is′lands


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a group of Greek islands including Corfu, Levkas, Ithaca, Cephalonia, and Zante off the W coast of Greece, and Cerigo off the S coast.