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 (pĕs′kə-dôr′ēz, -ĭs) In Pinyin Peng·hu (pŭng′ho͞o′)
An island group in Taiwan Strait between the western coast of Taiwan and mainland China. The name, meaning "fishermen's islands," was given to the group by the Portuguese in the 1500s. Ceded to Japan in 1895 and returned to China after World War II, the islands have been administered by Taiwan since 1949.
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(Placename) a group of 64 islands in Formosa Strait, separated from Taiwan (to which it belongs) by the Pescadores Channel. Pop: 91 950 (2007 est). Area: 127 sq km (49 sq miles). Chinese names: Penghu or P'eng-hu
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or P'eng•hu


a group of small islands off the coast of SE China, in the Taiwan Strait: controlled by Taiwan. 115,613; ab. 50 sq. mi. (130 sq. km).
Also called Pescadores.
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1895 Japan occupies the Pescadores Islands in Formosa Strait.
[19] reported that the size distribution of atmospheric aerosols sampled at the Pescadores Islands located in the middle of the Taiwan Strait during the period of ADS switched from bimode to single mode with a peak in coarse particles.
Located at the middle of Taiwan Strait between southeastern China and Taiwan Island, the Pescadores Islands have an area of 127.97 [km.sup.2], which has the subtropical weather being mainly influenced by East Asian monsoons.
Oceanodroma tethys kelsalli was first found breeding in natural crevices in rocks on Gallinazo and Guaca Islets, Pescadores Islands, and on San Gallan Island off the coast of central Peru in 1912 (Murphy 1936, Harrison 1983, Duffy et al.
(***) Peruvian coast (***) Adults n=7 n=14 Bill length 11,8 [+ or -] 0,7 11,7 Tarsus 22,2 [+ or -] 1,1 21,5 Wing length 127 [+ or -] 4,4 123,9 Mass 20,7 [+ or -] 1 Eggs n=3 Pescadores island n=6 Length 26,2 [+ or -] 0,07 27,3 [+ or -] 0,9 Width 19,9 [+ or -] 0,02 19,9 [+ or -] 0,6 Weight 5,1 [+ or -] 0,5 - Volume cc 5,3 [+ or -] 0,3 5,5 [+ or -] 0,2 * Data from Ayala et al.
He sifted through adoption data from 1905 to 1945 for the 13 communities that he had visited, and, with several colleagues, he obtained comparable records for parts of central and southern Taiwan, as well as for the nearby Pescadores Islands.
Officials with the new administration have said that direct shipping links are most likely to be realized, although initially limited to designated ports on Taiwan's outlying islands of Kinmen, Matsu and the Pescadores Islands, which are all in the Taiwan Strait.
Last month, several hundred pigs had to be destroyed as hoof-and-mouth disease resurfaced in farms in Pingtung County in eastern Taiwan, Changhua in central Taiwan and on the Pescadores Islands in the Taiwan Strait.
Defense of Formosa and the Pescadores Islands was pledged by the Senate by a vote of 85-3.
However, in March, Taiwan's legislature passed a law opening the possibility of direct links between Taiwan's outlying islands of Kinmen (Quemoy), the Pescadores Islands and China.
Another F-16 crashed into the sea off the Pescadores Islands in the Taiwan Strait in March last year, while a third fighter flew into a mountain in eastern Taiwan this January.