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A volcanic island of the southern Pacific Ocean in the southwest Cook Islands. The largest and most important island in the group, it serves as the capital of the Cook Islands.


(Placename) an island in the S Pacific, in the SW Cook Islands: the chief island of the group. Chief settlement: Avarua. Pop: 12 188 (2001). Area: 67 sq km (26 sq miles)


(ˌrær əˈtɒŋ gə)

one of the Cook Islands, in the S Pacific. 9281; 26 sq. mi. (67 sq. km).
Ra`ro•tong′an, adj., n.
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