Gambier Islands


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Gam·bier Islands

 (găm′bîr′)
An island group of French Polynesia in the south-central Pacific Ocean.
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Gambier Islands

(ˈɡæmbɪə)
pl n
(Placename) a group of islands in the S Pacific Ocean, in French Polynesia. Chief settlement: Rikitéa. Pop: 1097 (2002). Area: 30 sq km (11 sq miles)
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Gam′bier Is′lands

(ˈgæm bɪər)
n.pl.
a group of islands in French Polynesia, belonging to the Tuamotu Archipelago. 8226; 12 sq. mi. (31 sq. km).
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Noun1.Gambier Islands - a group of islands in the south central Pacific; part of French Polynesia
French Oceania, French Polynesia - a French overseas possession in the South Pacific
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Mangareva, or Gambier Islands, lie at the southeastern extreme of French Polynesia (23[degrees]07' S., 134[degrees]58' W.), with the Acteon Group of the Tuamotu Archipelago 180 km northwest, and the Pitcairn-Henderson islands 540 km southeast.
Once considered luminous dewdrops from the night sky, black pearls are among the South Seas' treasures, found only in the Tuamotus and Gambier Islands. In earlier days, Polynesians dove these lagoons in search of giant, iridescent, black-lipped oysters, rarely brought up black pearls.
It was used to sculpt divinities in the Gambier Islands, and also for offering posts (Orliac 2002: 205).