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1. (Placename) the territories of S and SE Asia included in the East Indies, India, and Indochina
2. (Placename) See East Indies
3. (Placename) See West Indies

West′ In′dies

1. (used with a pl. v.) Also called the Indies. an archipelago in the N Atlantic between North and South America, comprising the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas.
2. Federation of. Also called West′ In′dies Federa′tion. a former federation (1958–62) of the British islands in the Caribbean, comprising Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, and the Windward and Leeward island colonies.
West′ In′dian, n., adj.
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He came to me, and told me that some merchants of his acquaintance had been proposing to him to go a voyage for them to the East Indies, and to China, as private traders.
In the chair sits a man of strong and sturdy frame, whose face has been roughened by northern tempests and blackened by the burning sun of the West Indies.
Reported fit for home service for a year or two, and so I was sent off to the West Indies.
Issuing thence to the west and south, as a youth leaves the shelter of his parental house, this spirit found the way to the Indies, discovered the coasts of a new continent, and traversed at last the immensity of the great Pacific, rich in groups of islands remote and mysterious like the constellations of the sky.
The author returns to the Indies, and finds the patriarch of Aethiopia.
As for the great burnings by lightnings, which are often in the West Indies, they are but narrow.
Where banks or sediments have accumulated near to the surface, as in parts of the West Indies, they sometimes become fringed with corals, and hence in some degree resemble lagoon-islands or atolls, in the same manner as fringing-reefs, surrounding gently sloping islands, in some degree resemble barrier-reefs.
The king's letter was written in blue characters upon a rare and precious skin of yellowish colour, and these were the words of it: "The King of the Indies, before whom walk a thousand elephants, who lives in a palace, of which the roof blazes with a hundred thousand rubies, and whose treasure house contains twenty thousand diamond crowns, to the Caliph Haroun al Raschid sends greeting.
If want to know more, I'm nineteen years old, and I come from the West Indies.
Mr Edward has come to England from the West Indies.
He was rid of Jacob--he was bound for the Indies, where a gullible princess awaited him.
Hang it: the regiment's just back from the West Indies, I must have a little fling, and then when I'm married I'll reform; I will upon my honour, now.