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1. An island group of the western Pacific Ocean east of New Guinea. Inhabited primarily by Melanesian peoples since at least 2000 bc, these volcanic islands were first visited by European explorers in the 1560s and were divided between Germany and Great Britain in the late 1800s. Australia assumed control of the northern islands in 1920. Today the northern Solomons are part of Papua New Guinea. The southern islands are an independent country.
2. A country comprising the Solomon Islands southeast of Bougainville. European planters and missionaries began arriving in the 1800s. The islands became a British protectorate beginning in 1893. The islands became self-governing in 1976 and achieved independence in 1978. Honiara, on Guadalcanal Island, is the capital.
(Placename) an independent state in the SW Pacific comprising an archipelago extending for almost 1450 km (900 miles) in a northwest–southeast direction: the northernmost islands of the archipelago (Buka and Bougainville) form part of Papua New Guinea; the main islands are Guadalcanal, Malaita, San Cristobal, New Georgia, Santa Isabel, and Choiseul: a member of the Commonwealth. Official language: English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Solomon Islands dollar. Capital: Honiara. Pop: 597 248 (2013 est). Area: 29 785 sq km (11 500 sq miles)
1. an archipelago in the W Pacific Ocean, E of New Guinea; politically divided between Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
2. an independent country comprising the larger, SE part of this archipelago: a former British protectorate; gained independence in 1978. 455,429; 10,954 sq. mi. (29,370 sq. km). Cap.: Honiara.
Sol′omon Is′lander, n.
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|Noun||1.||Solomon Islands - the southern Solomon Islands that since 1978 form an independent state in the British Commonwealth|
Bougainville - the largest of the Solomon Islands; a province of Papua New Guinea
Solomons, Solomon Islands - the northernmost islands are part of Papua New Guinea; the remainder form an independent state within the British Commonwealth
Honiara - national capital of Solomon Islands
|2.||Solomon Islands - the northernmost islands are part of Papua New Guinea; the remainder form an independent state within the British Commonwealth|
Melanesia - the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
Guadalcanal - a mountainous island; the largest of the Solomon Islands in the independent state that is a member of the British Commonwealth
Solomon Islands - the southern Solomon Islands that since 1978 form an independent state in the British Commonwealth