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An island of the east-central Philippines in the Visayan group north of Mindanao. It was sighted in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan.
(Placename) an island in the central Philippines, in the Visayan Islands. Chief town: Tacloban. Pop: 1 592 336 (2000). Area: 7215 sq km (2786 sq miles)
an island in the E central Philippines. 2786 sq. mi. (7215 sq. km).
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|Noun||1.||Leyte - a battle in World War II; the return of United States troops to the Philippines began with landings on Leyte Island in October 1944; the battle marked first use of kamikaze aircraft by the Japanese|
Second World War, World War 2, World War II - a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945